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39-year-old Karen Inman was arrested by Northern California authorities on Friday for allegedly committing anti-Asian hate crime after she was reported in February of having spat on an Asian American and yelling an ethnic slur as he was dining outdoors in Silicon Valley.
That same day same day, another incident reached the police about a woman matching Inman’s description, robbing food and clothing from a store, where she told the owners that she did not have to pay because of a staff’s Asian ethnicity.
If proven guilty, she will face one and a half years imprisonment for theft and a mandatory community service for the hate crime.
Woman accused of spitting on Asian man in Silicon Valley charged with hate crime, battery
Inman also told the man to “go back to where you came from” as he ate lunch with a friend on Feb. 13
KTLA disclosed that Karen Inman, 39, was accused of spitting on an Asian American man and yelling an ethnic slur as he dined outdoors in Silicon Valley has been charged with a misdemeanor hate crime and battery, officials said Monday.
Inman first came to police’s attention the same day that the man was spat on, after officers received a report of a woman taking food and clothing from a store.
According to Mountain View police, the woman told the store owners she didn’t have to pay “because of their Asian ethnicity.”
Inman was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon. The two counts carry a maximum penalty of one and a half years in prison. The hate crime charge also comes with a mandatory community service requirement, the Deputy District Attorney said.
Woman charged with ‘anti-Asian hate crime’ of spitting on man in California
Mountain View police say they arrested a 39-year-old woman who they say spat on the man and yelled racist comments as he was eating outdoors.
According to NBC News, a 39-year-old woman was arrested Friday during an attempted theft of sweets from a Smart & Final grocery store, said police in Mountain View, about 15 miles west of San Jose. Inman was charged with petty theft, robbery and two counts of violation of civil rights by force or threat because of two incidents alleged to have occurred Feb. 13.
Police said they received another report on the same day alleging that a woman matching Inman’s description had hurled racist language and spat at patrons who were eating lunch, one of them of Asian descent.
Police said they interviewed Inman, who is transient, on Feb. 13 and released her because officers had not witnessed either incident and because both of the victims did not “desire prosecution.”