Los Gatos police investigate hate crime against Filipina health worker

The police chief of Los Gatos, Calif. is asking the public for help in looking for a man who reportedly pushed a Filipina health care worker to the ground while hurling racial insults toward her.

The incident, which is now being investigated as a hate crime, happened on March 30, at around 5 p.m. along Los Gatos Blvd. near Garden Lane, according to police.

The unidentified 40-year-old Filipina was reportedly wearing her scrubs when she was attacked without provocation by a man on a bicycle, who told her to go back to China. While the victim was not seriously hurt, Chief Peter Decena said she was shaken.

“As a person of both Asian and Pacific Islander descent, I have been watching with shock and dismay the continuing acts of violence and hate being directed towards people who look like me,” Chief Decena said in video statement published on YouTube. “The hate crime investigation is in progress as we speak. But we need your help. If you were in the area of Garden Lane and Los Gatos Blvd. on Tuesday around 5 p.m., saw anything that would help us identify and arrest the perpetrator, please contact us.”

The suspect is described as a white male with tanned skin or as a light-skinned hispanic male, wearing a dark-colored helmet and clothes.

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