The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has recently arrested a woman who allegedly attacked a 70-year-old Mexican American grandmother on a bus after thinking she was Asian.
The victim, identified only as Becky, was attempting to get off the 81 Metro bus at La Loma Road and Figueroa Street early Friday afternoon. She was headed to the nearby Vons supermarket to shop for her granddaughter, her son said.
Another passenger, who was described as a black woman age 25 to 30, yelled an anti-Chinese racial epithet and assaulted her, breaking her nose & giving her a concussion, according to the elderly woman’s son.
In one of the photos, you can see some hair and skin ripped from her scalp. Her eyes are blood red and neck and face bruised and swollen.
Her entire face is black and blue and she is currently recovering.
The victim was ultimately dragged from the back of the bus to the front, according to her son.
“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” Pete said.
The attack only ended when a passenger called 911.
The suspect was later arrested on another bus after police issued a bulletin, Pete said.
While the victim is Latina, she and her family – longtime residents of Highland Park – are often mistaken for Asian, her son said.
LAPD Officer M. Hernandez did not release any official information about the suspect or where she was arrested, but he confirmed she was still in custody when last he checked.