16 March: Oakland, California

Johan Strydom, 32, was arrested for allegedly grabbing a 26-year-old woman by the neck at a California train station, the Diridon Station, part of the Caltrain system. Strydom is accused of throwing the woman to the ground, yelling “Fuck you, Asians,” tossing her side to side by her hair, and dragging her across the ground. The woman was on the phone with her boyfriend, who arrived quickly thereafter and with support from bystanders, helped free her. Strydom was arraigned for sexual assault, assault with intent to do boldly harm and hate crime enhancements. The victim, Tiffany, who refused to give her last name, is Filipino. The attack happened as Asian hate crimes are on the rise.