Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says Keaundra Young now faces a hate crime enhancement on the existing misdemeanor charge.
“Houston is a place where people look out for each other, where neighbors help neighbors,” Ogg said. “Allegations like this, where someone would attack and terrorize another person because of their race, is counter to the cultural diversity we embrace.”
The attack happened on March 17 inside the Uptown Beauty Supply No. 10 store in north Houston.
ORIGINAL STORY: Video captures attack on Korean store owner in north Houston
In the surveillance video, you can see store owner Jung Kim get beat up by Young, as her cousin Dequiesha Williams appears to try to pull Young away from the victim.
If Young is convicted on the hate crime enhancement, she can face up to a year in jail.
In addition, she is also charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, in connection with an attempt to hit a store owner’s relative with a car outside the beauty supply store.
Williams, 22, Young’s cousin, is charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting Kim’s adult son, which was also captured on video. She is not charged with a hate crime.
The video above is from Miya Shay’s original report on this attack.
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