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July 27, 2021: Man Charged with Hate Crime Assault of Korean Woman

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that a man was charged today with attacking a Korean woman in Santa Monica.

“A hate crime against one of us is truly a crime against all of us,” District Attorney Gascón said. “I am committed to stopping hate in our community.”

Melvin Taylor (dob 6/15/56) faces one felony count each of attempted second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, a car door, and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Case SA104927 includes a hate crime allegation.

Arraignment is scheduled today in Department W30 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

On July 23, Taylor allegedly attacked the victim while she parked at a meter on the 1500 block of 2nd Street. During the attack, the defendant is accused of yelling racial slurs and mentioning the virus while attempting to steal her purse.

The case remains under investigation by the Santa Monica Police Department.