Suspect arrested by Berkeley police, charged with hate crime

A 56-year-old woman was arrested April 30 on suspicion of committing a hate crime. The suspect was charged with battery and committing a hate crime Tuesday.

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After Berkeley Police Department officers arrested a 56-year-old woman on suspicion of committing a hate crime, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged her Tuesday with battery and committing a hate crime.

On April 30 at 3:58 p.m., two women passed by the suspect on the sidewalk near the intersection of Telegraph and Durant avenues. The suspect cursed one of the women and “her Asian descent” and threw water bottles at the women before walking away, according to a BPD Nixle alert.

BPD officers later located the suspect and arrested her a few blocks away, the alert added.

In addition to being charged with battery, the suspect was charged with willfully threatening a person based on perceived characteristics and using offensive words in a public place “which are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction,” according to the alert.

Aditya Katewa is the executive news editor. Contact him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter at @adkatewa1.