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Kaz Sushi Bistro employee assaulted in coronavirus-related attack

A Kaz Sushi Bistro restaurant employee was assaulted in a racist attack, according to the restaurant’s owner Kaz Okochi. According to the Washington City Paper, the Asian female employee who wished to remain unnamed was attacked trying to get home after work. She was hit in her head and thrown to the ground.

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Kaz Sushi Bistro owner Kaz Okochi

The incident occurred on June 26 around 10 pm near 20th and I St NW in Washington DC. Two Asian employees were looking for transportation home after their shift at Kaz Sushi Bistro when a man approached them. The man asked the workers if they were Chinese and responsible for COVID-19. One of the employees answered “no” and that’s when the man hit the employee, according to Okochi.

“Immediately after that, the guy hit her head very badly and threw her to the ground,” Okochi said. The police report said the victim was “hit and forced to the floor” in a possible robbery attempt or simple assault.

After the suspect assaulted the victim, he fled the scene according to police. The police canvassed the area but could not find the man.

According to Okochi, the suspect is a black man in his 40s.

The victim was sent to INOVA Hospital and is suffering from a concussion. She’s also going to have a hard time paying her bills because the restaurant doesn’t offer health insurance and her work time was cut in half recently because of the pandemic.

Okochi sent out an email with a gofundme link to help the female employee pay her bills.

“I bear an extremely heavy heart announcing an unfortunate event that occurred last Friday. Two of our valued female employees were waiting for a ride home when a 40-year-old black man approached them and questioned if they are Chinese. One of them responded by saying her ethnicity was Thailand. Upon hearing the response, the man begun physical assaulting her and accusing that Asians were the cause of COVID-19. The injuries are extensive as he physically assaulted her in the head and threw her to the concrete ground. She is currently in a stable state with a severe concussion but unable to work. Due to COVID-19, her salary was reduced 50% and she does not have health insurance. We are hoping to get your support so that we can assist her financially during this traumatic time. We know it is a very difficult time for most and understand there are a lot of angry and misinformed people still out there– please be cautious, safe and healthy at all times. If you are able to support her in any way, please to https://www.gofundme.com/f/hate-crime-victim-support?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1 Thank you all so much for your love and support.”

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