Ministry of JusticePress release says Sam’s Club store was attacked with a knife in March 2020AsianfamilyTexasJose Gomez, who pleaded guilty to all three charges of hate crime, was sentenced on the 4th to 25 years in prison.
After committing the crime, Gomez admitted that the motive for killing the Asian man and his two young children with a steak knife displayed on a store shelf was that the family “come from the country where the new coronavirus originated” and therefore “danger “.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas reported that Gomez admitted in the plea agreement that on March 14, 2020, she followed the Asian family at Sam’s Club hypermarkets in Midland, Texas and Gomez and the victims were not each other. I know, and the motive for the offense is purely because I think the family is Chinese “from the country where the new coronavirus originated.”
Following the incident, the Midland Police Department launched an investigation jointly with the FBI.
According to court records, Gomez admitted that upon entering the store, she first found a serrated steak knife on the shelf, then attacked the Asian father, punched the man and swung the knife in the face.
In the Justice Department press release, the Asian-American man who was attacked was represented only by the initials BC. Gomez immediately went to the knife display area to pick up an eight-inch kitchen knife and returned to the Asian man to attack the six-year-old and two-year-olds sitting in the shopping cart at the time.
A six-year-old boy’s initials RC were cut across the face, his right ear was cut open, and a scar was cut on the back of his head; A clerk at Sam’s Club was also stabbed by Gomez when he proceeded to stop her.
When Gomez was crushed by other shop assistants and customers, he yelled at the Asian father and son, who were told to “Get out of America.”
The press release said that following Gomez’s arrest, she confessed to investigators that she had planned to kill the six-year-old, but that failed because the clerk had stopped her.
Kristen Clark, the assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights, said in a statement that hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased dramatically during the pandemic, and the issue should be taken seriously. The right to feel safe and secure regardless of race, color or national origin.”