Where’s the media? Suspects arrested in hate crime spree against Asian women across San Francisco Bay

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – San Jose Police confirmed that three male suspects have been arrested in relation to a yearlong investigation into dozens of crimes targeting Asian woman along the San Francisco Bay area.

The crimes, consisting mostly of various robberies, will have hate crime enhancements added to them due to the circumstances of the offenses, according to prosecutors.

San Jose Police announced the arrests of 23-year-old Derje Blanks, 24-year-old Anthony Robinson, and 27-year-old Cameron Moody earlier in September, noting the lengthy and also multi-jurisdictional investigation that led to their arrests.

The trio are accused of pulling off numerous purse snatchings and robberies over an extended period of time.

According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the defendants targeted the victims because they assumed that the women – who were virtually all of Asian descent – were more likely to be carrying cash.

During many of these robberies, victims were reportedly pulled or wrestled to the ground, resulting in some of the victims being injured during the incidents.

More than 40 incidents have been reported in San Jose, San Pablo, Hayward, East Palo Alto, Newark, San Leandro, Fremont, Campbell, and Dublin – with other law enforcement agencies still investigating other crimes possibly linked to the three suspects.

Police officials say that Blanks and Robinson were arrested on September 8th in San Jose, with Robinson allegedly trying to flee from authorities prior to being taken into custody. Robinson reportedly ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle while trying to flee – resulting in a 2-year-old and his father being injured in the collision.

Blanks and Robinson are collectively facing over 70 felony counts of robbery.

As for Moody, police caught up with him on September 16th in Union City.

Upon Moody’s arrest, police allegedly found two loaded firearms in his possession – one of which was reportedly a “ghost gun”.

Just like Blanks and Robinson, Moody was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for numerous felony robbery charges.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen extended accolades to the San Jose Police Department for their work on this case:

“This dangerous criminal spree was solved thanks to the hard work of the San Jose Police Department. We will hold these defendants and anyone who worked with them fully accountable for their ignorant and destructive behavior.”

San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata didn’t have his department accept all the credit for the work on the case, citing that “outside agencies” provided needed assistance for the “complex” case:

“I want to thank all of our department members, as well as the outside agencies, who assisted with this long and complex investigation. Thanks to their hard work there are three less predators targeting members of our community.”

Chief Mata also extended appreciate toward DA Rosen for pursuing hate crime enhancement against the three suspects:

“We are sensitive to the hate aspect targeting Asian females. I commend District Attorney Jeff Rosen for pursuing hate crime enhancements. We have tenacious investigators, and a dedicated apprehension team that was tasked with bringing these suspects to justice.”

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DA using hate crime law to charge three people accused of abusing 12-year-old boy in viral video

(Originally published September 9th, 2021)

ATLANTA, GA – The Fulton County district attorney is reportedly making use of the state’s hate crime law in an effort to add additional charges against three defendants who were arrested earlier in 2021 regarding a viral video where a 12-year-old boy was abused and homophobic slurs were spoken during the incident.

Back in July, police arrested 18-year-old Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 19-year-old Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer, and 35-year-old Brittney Monique Mills under charges of simple battery and cruelty to children.

The arrest came as a result of a video uploaded to social media, where the three suspects allegedly participated in the abuse of a 12-year-old boy that was related to some of the suspects involved.

In the video, someone could be heard yelling at the child:

“You still doing gay shit? You think I cut this in your head for no reason?”

The person saying that in the video appeared to be referring to the word “gay” that was shaved into the side of the boy’s head. Apparently, the child had disclosed to family that he was having feelings that he might be transgender, which is allegedly what prompted the incident from the video.

District Attorney Fani Willis has now come forward and said that hate crime charges will be added against the three defendants in the case:

“You should not be mistreated because of factors that have nothing to do with the way God made you.”

DA Willis noted that two of the suspects involved were the brother and mother of the victim:

“To be rejected by your brother, and more importantly your mother, because of a life choice you’re making is horrible.”

By employing the hate crime statute against the defendants in the case, DA Willis says he can ensure that more prison time can be tacked on in the event that they’re convicted:

“We’re going to make sure the jury knows how hateful your conduct was.”

The new hate crime law in Georgia was passed in January of this year, and this will mark the third time that prosecutors have utilized it.

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As mentioned earlier, we at Law Enforcement Today have previously covered this investigation. Here’s our previous report from July that affords more background into the case.

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ATLANTA, GA- Authorities stated that they have arrested three people a month after a disturbing video went viral on social media.

FOX 5 reported that the three suspects, 18-year-old Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 19-year-old Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer, and 35-year-old Brittney Monique Mills, were all charged with cruelty to children.

Richards-Nwankwo faces an additional charged of battery. Sgt. John Chafee, with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), said in a statement:

“We’re very pleased with these arrests, but we are pleased with feedback that we got from members of the community assisting in this and how quickly they were able to jump on it.”

Reportedly, Atlanta police were first alerted to the post “depicting maltreatment of a juvenile” on June 17th. Within 24 hours, investigators said they were able to locate the juvenile and all of those involved.

The child was then placed into protective custody with the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services. In a statement, APD said:

“The behavior in this social media post was difficult to watch and is absolutely unacceptable. We are appreciative of the number of people who flagged this case with us and for those who provided information on the location where it took place.”

The statement added:

“Our investigators worked hard to identify those involved and to gather the evidence needed to place each behind bars and we are thankful for their work.”

Investigators stated that the video, which was posted in June, shows a young man with the word “gay” shaved on the side of his head. The video also shows people yelling at and hitting the young man. According to the police report, someone in the video was yelling at the young boy:

“You still doing gay (expletive). You think I cut this in your head for no reason?”

Chafee stated:

“Investigators were made aware of a video posted on social media that depicted a young male abused and it appeared that he was being abused because of his sexual orientation.”

He added:

“This was a difficult video to watch. When you see someone, you know, I have a child and when you see a young person being abused like this. I mean, this is just so unnecessary. It was difficult to watch and I think with a lot of the investigators, it was the same way.”

Chafee added:

“There is a lot of work that goes into the back, into the background of these cases because we don’t want to just, ‘Okay, this is the person and I am going to go ahead and charge them.’ We got to present evidence in court otherwise our charges mean nothing.”

Warrants were taken out for all three individuals prior to their arrests. All three were booked into the Fulton County Jail. Chafee said in a statement:

“This one came together with the way it should. People saw something wrong, they brought it to our attention, and our investigators jumped on it and acted quickly.”

According to reports, a fundraiser for the young boy was set up by Hope Giselle, a local LGBT rights activist and Devin Barrington-Ward, who is running for Atlanta City Council. As of this writing, $9,424 has been raised out of a $10,000 goal. 

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