Harris County District Legal professional Kim Ogg mentioned Keaundra Younger now faces a hate crime enhancement on the prevailing misdemeanor cost.
“Houston is a spot the place individuals look out for one another, the place neighbors assist neighbors,” Ogg mentioned. “Allegations like this, the place somebody would assault and terrorize one other individual due to their race, is counter to the cultural variety we embrace.”
The assault occurred on March 17 contained in the Uptown Magnificence Provide No. 10 retailer in north Houston.
“Its vital to make use of the legislation now we have to carry individuals accountable who do not simply commit crimes, however they commit them with racial, or different bias, of their motive for committing the crime,” mentioned Ogg.
Within the surveillance video, you may see retailer proprietor, Jung Kim, get beat up by Younger as her cousin, Dequiesha Williams, seems to attempt to pull Younger away from the sufferer.
If Younger is convicted on the hate crime enhancement, she will withstand a yr in jail. Younger was not dwelling when Eyewitness Information checked, and her legal professional mentioned he was not conscious of the improved expenses till we known as.
As well as, she can also be charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, in reference to an try to hit a retailer proprietor’s relative with a automobile outdoors the sweetness provide retailer.
Williams, 22, is charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting Kim’s grownup son, which was additionally captured on video. She is just not charged with a hate crime.
“I received plenty of clients they arrive to the shop and provides us a hug and pray for us, they pray for my household,” mentioned Sunjun Lee, the son of retailer proprietor Kim. Lee mentioned the household is attempting to not give attention to the assault, but it surely’s been laborious.
Lee additionally confirmed that the FBI has visited the shop on two events, although it is unsure whether or not both girl will face federal expenses.
Kim, who suffered a damaged nostril, instructed us she is “nonetheless scared,” however remained working on the retailer. She even had a giant smile whereas greeting clients.
Ogg mentioned the assault has elevated calls to her workplace from Asian communities.
“The Asian neighborhood has been contacting me, members from all ethnic teams, [saying] that they are afraid. They wish to know the police goes to answer them in the event that they’re being focused for his or her minority standing.”
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