15-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Violent Attack on Asian Couple in Washington State

The Tacoma Police Department took a 15-year-old into custody Friday April 2, 2021 in connection with an alleged November assault on an Asian couple that was caught on video. (Tacoma Police / via Facebook)

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday in connection with an assault against an Asian couple in Washington state that was caught on video and shared widely on social media this week.

Footage shows a person wearing a red hoodie running up to the couple and swinging at the man as the woman cries out. In another video clip, the man is being cursed at and seems to be pushed or struck by the person recording the video, who also said he punched the victim in the mouth.

The man, 56, suffered a broken rib during the attack, KING-TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle, reported. While videos of the attack were shared on social media this week, the incident took place last November.

The attack was reported to Tacoma police at the time, police spokesperson Wendy Haddow told NBC News in an email.

“At that time the only suspect information was two black males aged 13 to 17 years,” she said. “There was no known video at that time.”

However, the victim’s family contacted authorities after they saw the resurfaced video on the news this week, Haddow said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Nicole Acevedo