The Asian victim of a possible hate crime in San Jose speaks up
An attack on an Asian woman in San Jose is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The victim of the attack on the Diridon train station in San Jose on Wednesday morning shares her story of the alleged hate crime and attack.
SAN JOSE, California – – An attack on an Asian woman in San Jose is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The victim of the attack on the Diridon train station in San Jose on Wednesday morning shares her story of the alleged hate crime and attack.
The victim, named Tiffany, a 26-year-old medical worker from San Jose, said she was thrown around and dragged when the suspect shouted explosives, which she exclaimed as an Asian.
Tiffany said the entire attack took a minute. She said she had bruises on her knees and a tense neck.
“I just felt completely helpless in the whole situation,” said Tiffany.
Tiffany, who didn’t want to share her last name, is still shocked by the unprovoked attack.
“I’ve never seen him in my life,” said Tiffany. “I’ve never seen him at the train station.”
At 6:30 am, Tiffany was her way of working in Palo Alto. She was about to get on a train. She said that when she was in the tunnel out of nowhere, a man came up to her from behind, grabbed her neck, pulled her hair and began to curse.
“He said fu, fu Asian, that’s totally bull,” said Tiffany. “While he was holding me on the floor with his grip on my hair.”
Then he forced her to the floor.
“He went to the back of my head and just pulled me back and threw me front to back and side to side,” said Tiffany.
Viewers yelled at him and yelled at him to let her go and he did and he ran.
A bystander stayed with the suspect until the transit police arrived. Caltrain called it an isolated incident.
“It’s scary, something we don’t want,” said Victoria O’Brien, Caltrain’s assistant director of security. “We are fortunate that the victim was not physically injured.”
Tiffany isn’t sure why he attacked her for her ethnicity, because she was female and alone.
“He just seemed angry,” said Tiffany.
Tiffany wanted to speak up and defend herself against hatred. She hopes justice will be served.
“It shouldn’t be common and happen all the time in our Asian community,” said Tiffany.
Caltrain said the 32-year-old suspect had been sent to Santa Clara County Jail. His name was not published. Tiffany said she didn’t feel safe getting back on the train.
Azenith Smith is a reporter at KTVU. Email Azenith at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AzenithKTVU or Facebook or ktvu.com.
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