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SoCal man charged with hate crime for attacking Asian-American woman

By Gilda Balan, Correspondent

CULVERT CITY — For punching an Asian-American woman in the head in Culver City while shouting racial slurs, Jesse Allen Lindsey, 37, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 29.

A report appearing in the Rafu Shimpo, a Japanese-American newspaper, said Lindsey was charged with one count of committing a hate crime, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Lindsey is in a state prison on an unrelated conviction, but his last known address was in Fontana.

Said US Attorney Martin Estrada: “Our community will stay united in condemning intolerance, and my office will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute those who harm others on account of bigotry.”

Krysti Hawkins, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’ LA Field Office, said the victim “was verbally abused and violently attacked based on nothing more than her appearance.”

Hawkins added that the FBI is committed to protect civil rights in the US “and will hold accountable anyone so driven by hatred that they would target innocent people based on their race.”

According to the indictment, on June 14, 2021, the victim (whose identity was withheld) was walking to work in Culver City when Lindsey – a white man – asked her for a lighter or cigarette.

She told him that she did not smoke, and continued walking. The suspect, however, began following her, yelling expletives. He also called her a “Korean guy” who did not belong.

After shouting, “You can’t say hi to a (expletive) white boy?” Lindsey punched the victim in the face, causing her to fall and hit her head. The assault was captured on surveillance video.

The victim was rushed by emergency personnel to a hospital, where she received 11 stitches on her face.

Due to the injuries to her face and ear, she was unable to work for one month, and suffered ongoing pain for one year.

When Lindsey learned from news reports that his assault was being investigated as a hate crime, he fled California. He was later arrested for another crime, and is now in state custody. He is expected to appear in federal court in the coming weeks.

Culver City police chief Jason Sims said he was proud of the work done by the city’s police department, which the FBI cited for its substantial assistance in solving the case.

Sims said hate has no place in his city, which is rich in cultural diversity.

“This type of heinous crime will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods,” he said

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