Two people were charged with hate crime enhancements after allegedly attacking Asian women in a series of robberies in Sacramento, police said.
The robbery took place between April and May at shopping centers in the Stockton Boulevard area of Sacramento, city police said in a release.
The suspects, identified as 20-year-old Latravion Mccockran and a 17-year-old male, allegedly targeted the women as they left the malls, assaulting them and causing injuries.
The suspects stole thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry and other items, police said.
Sacramento police identified and located the suspects’ vehicle and reportedly found “evidence related to the robbery.” The two were identified and arrested in June.
During the investigation, detectives reportedly found evidence that the victims had been attacked because of their race.
This week, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office added a hate crime enhancement to the robbery charges, police said.
The charges come a few weeks after the release of a California Department of Justice report 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 about 8% of race-based hate crimes reported in the state. Last year they made up 21 per cent.
Hate crimes overall increased in 2021, with those against Latinos increasing by 30%, against blacks by 13%, and against Jews by 32%.