Hate crime against Whites
69-year-old woman in wheelchair punched in the face in suspected Modesto hate crime
MODESTO, CA - A 69-year-old woman was assaulted while sitting in her motorized wheelchair at a Modesto bus stop on Tuesday.
According to Lt. Rick Armendariz of the Modesto Police Dept., officers were called to the 1600 block of Coffee Rd. around 11:20 a.m. and found the woman claiming she had been attacked.
An ensuing investigation revealed the woman was waiting for a Modesto Area Express Bus when Nicholas Velasquez, 29, of Modesto, punched her in the face then walked away saying "I hate white people", according to Armendariz.
The woman sustained a black eye and her glasses were broken in the assault, said Armendariz.
Officers searched the area and located Velasquez nearby on Scenic Rd. He was arrested without incident and booked into Stanislaus County Jail on one count of elder abuse and another count of committing a hate crime.