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Attack of Asian man being investigated as potential hate crime

Attack on Asian Man
Posted at 9:50 AM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 12:50:46-04

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KERO) — Authorities say a man has been arrested for allegedly pistol-whipping and robbing an Asian-American Lyft driver in a Los Angeles suburb during an attack caught on video.

The arrest for the May 10th incident was announced Wednesday by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Details are set to be released Thursday.

Authorities say a 67-year-old was robbed of more than $1,500 in cash and struck in the face with a gun. The victim, who's from Taiwan, said the robber asked if he came from China.

Investigators have been trying to determine if the robbery was a hate crime.