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15-year-old recalls being jumped and called racial slur in Rego Park, Queens

A 15-year-old Asian male has decided to speak out after he was assaulted and called a racial slur earlier this month. Leting Cai told CeFaan Kim of ABC 7 News, about the incident that took place in Rego Park in Queens, New York on May 1st. Cai was with two friends when two other teenagers started harassing them.

“First thing they say is ‘who the f**k you looking at,'” Cai recalled. “…One of them said ‘Ch*** Ch***.”

Cai decided that he wasn’t going to back down.

“Say that again,” Cai said. “And my friend said, ‘It’s okay’ so I just backed off.”

Things cooled down but Cai noticed that the two teenagers were on the phone. Soon three others arrived to back up the two. The five started on Cai and Cai wouldn’t back down which caused the five to back down. But as soon as he turned his back on them, Cai said they jumped him and pummeled him with punches.

“I feel like they really wanted me dead, I was pretty scared, I would say,” Cai said.

He suffered from bruising to his head and eye and had a headache for weeks.

Leting Cai initially didn’t want to speak out but his mom encouraged him to.

“My mother really made me realize this is not only about me. This is about the community,” Cai said, “If nobody speaks up, if everybody does the same as I do usually, no change will happen.”

Police arrested three of the suspects, an 18-year-old girl, and two 14-year-old boys. The suspects have been described as middle eastern. The arrested teenagers were charged with harassment and misdemeanor assault.

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