Calvin Berschell, Jason Orozco & Nolowde Beshears Wiki – Arrest, Police Investigation
Three people were arrested for robbing and assaulting a 67-year-old Asian American in a San Francisco laundry in February.
19-year-old Calvin Berschell, Jason Orozco and Nolowde Beshears were arrested in the attack, police announced on Wednesday.
Three suspects launched the attack around 22:00 on February 23.
The attack was caught in a surveillance video showing the shocking moment when the trio kicked the man who seemed lonely in the laundry room, dragged him from his chair to the floor and ran out of their pockets. Suspects robbed the man for several hundred dollars in about 45 seconds, San Francisco ABC station KGO reported. The victim was treated for non-life threatening wounds.
Police detained the suspects on March 17th. Police said the suspects were searched for multiple auto thefts in the area prior to the laundry robbery.
They were accused of theft, robbery, abuse of the elderly, the use of fraudulent credit cards, and assault, which could cause major bodily harm. Police said they confiscated evidence of the robbery, such as clothing, window blinds, and two firearms.
- The investigation continues.
Crimes against Asian Americans have increased over the past year, and it was reported that the coronavirus epidemic was partly due to its suspicious origins in Wuhan, China. There were nearly 3,000 hate cases against Asian Americans in 2020 alone, according to data from the AAPI Stop Hate coalition, which launched a website to help track cases, some of which were not reported to the police. The group, which said it started operating last year in response to the rise in discrimination, does not have statistics for 2019, but for context, there were 158 anti-Asian bias crimes reported in the US that year.