A Colorado man has been arrested on a hate crime investigation in California after two young Asian adults were targeted with racist and homophobic comments while recording a TikTok food review video at an In-N-Out burger joint , said the police.
The incident happened on 24/12/12 in the city of San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The spread of the video online caught the attention of Police Commissioner Denton Carlson, who took to social media to seek the identities of the victims and suspect.
“During the meal, a male suspect unprovokedly approached the victims and engaged in homophobic and racist profanity, leading the victims to fear for their safety,” the San Ramon Police Department said in a release.
In the video, which has now nearly 4 million views, the camera is trained on the two teenagers eating fries and an order called The Flying Dutchman, while a male voice asks if they film themselves eating before making a homophobic comment .
Later, a male voice is heard asking one of the guests if they are Japanese or Korean. The diner replies that they are Koreans, prompting the man to comment about Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader. The other guest tells the first to stop bothering with the man, who threatens to spit in the guests’ faces. He continues to make racist and abusive comments.
After the video was posted online, police officers contacted the victims and launched an investigation that led to the arrest of Jordan Douglas Krah, 40, of Denver, on Dec. 26, the department said. Krah was sent to prison on two counts of suspected hate crimes.
He posted bail, Lt. Tami Williams said in an email. Detectives will meet with prosecutors this week to file charges.
Krah could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. A call to a phone list under that name was answered with a record saying the voicemail box was full.
The Contra Costa County Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to emails.
The viral video follows a rise in hate speech against people of Asian descent during the pandemic and rising hateful rhetoric against LGBTQ people online.
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