Attempted Murder Charged: Koreatown Hate Crime

The suspect, shown here, is being held on more than $1 million bail. Photo: KTLA Video screen grab.

(KOREATOWN) A man who attacked a woman with a hammer on South Vermont Avenue near Olympic Boulevard, has been charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement, police said today.

The 24-year-old woman was attacked at about 6 p.m. Friday on the second floor of a mini-mall in the 1000 block of South Vermont Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD)

According to LAPD Capt. David Kowalski, a security guard saw the incident in play and stopped the attack, which was captured on surveillance video. The guard was ablyto hold the suspect until police arrived and arrested him.

The woman, whose name was not released, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, where she received treatment and was released, Kowalski said.

According to KTLA, the man struck the victim more than 20 times, lasting about 45 seconds, on her head and body with the hammer. KTLA also reported many passersby witnessed the attack but did nothing to help stop it.

The suspect, identified as Jae Won Yang, 22, who is a Korean national, targeted the woman because she was female and Korean, the captain said. According to police, the suspect approached the woman, asked if she were Korean and then attacked her with the hammer when she answered yes.

Yang is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $1.075 million bail and is next due in court March 27th.

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