ONTARIO, Calif. – Officials from the Ontario Police Department said they are investigating a hate crime that happened at the Ontario Mills mall in San Bernardino County Sunday.
According to police, two men got into a verbal argument with an Asian couple allegedly over social distancing, though police said they do not know the exact words exchanged.
Police said the argument escalated into a physical altercation. An Asian woman was seen on a stretcher with injuries on cell phone video following the incident.
Louis Navarro was at the mall and recounted what he saw to FOX 11.
“I was walking down the corridor and then I noticed there was a disturbance about 50 feet in front of me and as I looked up, I noticed there were two black gentlemen striking an Asian female where she landed on the ground and I saw her holding the left side of her face. At that moment, I noticed there was an innocent bystander that was attempting to render aid to her, he then became assaulted and fell on the ground where they attacked him,” said Navarro.
Navarro said another person tried to stop the suspects but wasn’t able to do so. Navarro said the suspects walked past him and he heard them use derogatory language.
“The two gentlemen then walked past me as I heard them using several profanity and derogatory remarks. The remarks that were made obvious to me makes it seem more of a hate crime,” he said.
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