Two people have been charged with hate crimes after they allegedly targeted Asian women in a series of robberies in Sacramento, police said.
The robberies occurred between April and May at malls in the Stockton Boulevard area of Sacramento, city police said in a news release.
The suspects, identified as 20-year-old Latravion Mccockran and a male 17-year-old, allegedly targeted the women as they exited malls, attacking them and causing injuries.
The suspects stole thousands of dollars worth of cash, jewelry and other items, police said.
Sacramento Police Department investigators identified and located the suspects’ vehicle and reportedly found “evidence related to the robberies.” The two were identified and arrested in June.
During the investigation, detectives reportedly found evidence that the victims had been targeted because of their race.
This week, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office added a hate crime broadening to the robbery allegations, police said.
The indictments come weeks after the release of a report by the California Department of Justice that showed a 177% increase in hate crimes against Asians between 2020 and 2021. The number of incidents rose from 89 in 2020 to 247 in 2021, the report said. In 2020, hate crimes against Asians accounted for approximately 8% of the racial hate crimes reported in the state. Last year they accounted for 21%.
Hate crimes increased overall in 2021, with crimes against Latinos increasing by 30%, against Blacks by 13% and against Jews by 32%.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-19/two-arrested-on-suspicion-of-hate-crimes-after-allegedly-targeting-asian-women-in-robberies-in-sacramento Pair who allegedly targeted Asian women face hate crime charge