A 32-year-old man is facing hate crime charges for attacking a Filipino-American woman in a Caltrain station in San Jose, California last March 10.
The victim, a 26-year-old Filipina medical worker who requested to be identified only as Tiffany, was on her way to work in Palo Alto when a man approached her at the San Jose Caltrain station at around 6:30 a.m., according to a report by KTVU NEWS.
The suspect, identified as Johan Strydom, suddenly grabbed Tiffany’s neck from behind, pulled her hair back, and cursed at her, the report said.
“He was saying f-u, f-u Asian, this is completely bull,” said Tiffany. “All while he was keeping me on the ground with his grip on my hair.
“He made his way to the back of my head and just pulled me back and tossing me from front to back and side to side,” she added.
The report said bystanders helped Tiffany from the attacker and one of them stayed with the suspect until the police arrived.
“It’s scary. It’s something we don’t want to happen,” Victoria O’Brien, Caltrain Deputy Director of Safety and Security told KTVU News.
“We are fortunate the victim was not injured physically.” (Jaleen Ramos)