DAILYKENN.com -- An Hispanic male was arrested after allegedly attempting to kill an East Asian family of three, reports reveal.
The 19-year-old apparently stabbed three victims at a Sam's Club store, thinking they were spreading the coronavirus. A white store employee rescued the victims by placing the attacker in a choke hold, reports say.
Jose L. Gomez was taken into custody by a Border Patrol agents, suggesting the suspect is an illegal alien. The incident occurred in Texas.
• Holding all East Asians responsible for the China virus is patently racist, in my opinion. Likewise, holding all white people responsible for slavery is patently racist.
• It is peculiar that an illegal alien Hispanic would harbor racist hatred for East Asians who are apparently in the country legally and may even be citizens. It is not known if the suspect is an illegal alien.
From buzzfeednews.com ▼
A man who allegedly tried to kill an Asian American family of three because he believed they were spreading the coronavirus at a Sam's Club in Texas could face hate crime charges, the FBI told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.
Jose L. Gomez, 19, stabbed the three people on March 14 at the Midland, Texas, Sam's Club before being taken down by a store employee, who saved the family's lives and was injured in the process, police told BuzzFeed News.
Gomez was then taken into custody by an off-duty Border Patrol agent. He was charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Bernie Ramirez, the Border Patrol agent, told CBS7 he initially approached Gomez and family with the intention of breaking up what he thought was a fight over scarce goods.
Ramirez said "credit is due" to Zach Owen, the store employee who stopped Gomez by putting him in a chokehold and suffered stab wounds to the hand in the process.
"He went into a knife fight bare-handed," Ramirez said. "He took control of the individual, and he disarmed him. If Zach had not been there, things could’ve gone really badly.”
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