Lena Hernandez, 54, identified by prosecutors as a retired social worker from Long Beach, is accused of verbally assaulting a custodian at the Del Amo Mall in Torrance last October, and then physically attacking a female bystander who tried to intervene.
Torrance police have identified a woman they believe is involved in a series of verbal, racially laced rants directed at people of Asian descent.
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Police are looking for Lena Hernandez, 56, possibly of Long Beach, police said Friday, a day after a video went viral on Twitter that showed a woman cursing and screaming racial epithets at a woman who identified herself as Filipino-American as she filmed her exercise routine. The verbal tirades span thee incidents, one dating back to October at Del Amo Fashion Center, which included a physical altercation, and two more recently on the same day at Wilson Park, a popular workout spot, said Torrance Police Chief Eve Berg.
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In October, police needed more le to pursue the case. But after two more incidents, they were able to tie them together, with help from video and pictures taken of the woman. Two of the victims were women and another was a man, who had children with him, according to police. About black-clad protesters held an early-morning workout at Wilson Park on Friday, June 12, the day after the video of one of the incidents went viral on Twitter.
The incident occurred at steps leading to the bandstand not far from the ball field at the park.
Others left vases of flowers. Torrance residents Andrea, 21, and her friend, Jan, 18 — both wearing black — saw the workout that was organized on social media and stopped by to watch. The incident occurred as Southern California and the nation continue to be roiled by demonstrations seeking racial equality and justice in the wake of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd during an arrest by a white police officer. It also comes after months of concern over racial incidents directed at Asian Americans over the coronavirus pandemic.
Stop AAPI Hate, an aggregator of incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic, reports that over an eight- week period by May 13, it reached nearly 1, incidents of anti-Asian discrimination documented across the U. In the graphic June 10 video, which contains language some may find offensive, the woman can be seen closely walking by the woman working out on the steps. The unidentified victim of the outburst issued a statement on social media thanking people for their support and asking for privacy.
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On Thursday, an Asian man posted another video online showing him being accosted by the same woman, apparently on the same day because the woman was wearing the same clothing. KTLA5 reported that a man at the home linked to the plate claimed he had a restraining order out against the woman on the video.
Asian-Americans are the largest minority group in the city, making up about 37 percent of the population, according to the U. Census Bureau.
South Bay Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Los Angeles, a former Torrance City Council member and immigrant from Taiwan, also mentioned the incident on his Twitter feed and observed that he repeatedly won elections in the community. View more on The Mercury News. Protesters condemn racisim in a demonstration Friday, June 12, in Wilson Park.
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