A Los Angeles woman has been accused of pushing an elderly Korean woman and running off, with some claiming the attack could be racially motivated.
Surveillance footage obtained by KTLA shows the unidentified 83-year-old victim walking down the street in Koreatown when a woman shoves her down to the ground.
A viral Facebook post from Linda Lee, who said she was a friend of a witness, said that the assailant later identified as Patty Garcia shouted “white power” as she attacked the old woman.
Seng Vongphrachanh told the Los Angeles Times that he did not see the attack, but that the 27-year-old woman began yelling the n-word and “power is power.”
However, the Los Angeles Police Department told the Daily News that the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime and that detectives had not made mention of racial slurs.
Police did not have any information about the condition of the victim.
The suspect gave her name as Patty Garcia when she was arrested but was later identified by her fingerprints as 27-year-old Alexis Duvall. The sergeant told the Times that the suspect appeared to be either intoxicated or suffering from mental illness. Duvall reportedly yelled “power is power” repetitively and also shouted the N-word.
She will not be charged with a hate crime but was booked on battery and is being held on a $50,000 bail.