King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office files anti-Asian hate crime charges against SeaTac man

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office files anti-Asian hate crime charges against SeaTac man

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog:

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the King County Attorney’s Office filed a hate crime charge against SeaTac’s Christopher Allen Hamner for violent, anti-Asian behavior.

A hate crime is a crime.

Hamner, 51, was arrested by police in Seattle, near Georgetown, on Thursday. Charges were brought on Friday. His first appearance in court will be his indictment on April 8th in the King County Courthouse.

The indictments state that between March 16 and March 19, 2021, Hamner maliciously and deliberately – and “because of his perception of the race of three Asian women” – threatened a certain person with physical injury, physical harm or property destruction or a certain group of people and put them in a reasonable fear of personal injury and / or property damage.

Here’s more from the loading documents:

Prosecutors say that at around 5:23 p.m. on March 16, an Asian woman was driving her two young children in the Graham Street area and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Seattle. She saw a car stop in the street and drive in the opposite direction with another car in front of it, and a man – who would ultimately confront her – tried to close his door, and he seemed to have problems when he picked it up and closed it. She saw the man drive into the Speed ​​E Mart and get out of his car. As she waited at the intersection, she saw the suspicious man angrily approaching her car and screaming, “F – k you, Asian bitch!” She described him as “clapping his fists” and “Get out! Get out!”

The victim said she saw something in the man’s pocket that looked like a holster. She said he threw items from his pockets onto her car. She told police that she told her 10-year-old daughter to try to film the man. She said that her daughter and son, who are 5 years old, were scared and disoriented by the incident.

The victim told police that she could get photos of the man before she drove onto MLK Jr. Way and into the Joy Palace parking lot, where she called 911. The victim told the police that they chose this parking lot because there were other Asian people there. After waiting for officers for 15 minutes, she decided to leave this place because she didn’t feel it was safe to stay.

The victim says her friends encouraged her to post on Facebook about the incident. A friend of her husband’s identified the suspect as Christopher Hamner, who is an employee at VA Hospital. The victim says Hamner’s Facebook page shows he is wearing the same tennis shoes he was wearing in the photos she was taking at the time of the incident.

The victim told police that they thought the suspect would shoot her and her children. She is Chinese and Malaysian and her children are Chinese, Malaysian, and African American.

In another incident on March 19, 2021 around 4 p.m., two Asian women were driving on the 4700 block of Beacon Avenue S. near Fou Lee Market. They watched a dark limousine drive ahead on their right and saw the driver stop and look back. The suspicious vehicle had a clear lane ahead of it, but it stayed in front of their vehicle and started and stopped abruptly. The victim slowed to give him room. As they neared the traffic lights on S Columbian Way, she saw the driver of the suspicious vehicle pull up on the right side of the street. This resulted in her stopping long before stopping as she was afraid of driving past the suspicious vehicle.

The light in front of them turned green and all traffic moved forward. Both the victim and the suspect vehicle did not move with the traffic. After being stopped for about 4 to 5 seconds, the victim decided to overtake the suspect vehicle. As she got closer, the vehicle interrupted her and stopped in the middle of the road to block all traffic going south. The driver of the vehicle opened his door, yelled at her and called: “F – k you Asian!”

After the suspect yelled this, he closed his door. The victim immediately turned into a center parking lot on Beacon Ave S., stopped, and turned to face the suspect. The suspect got out of his vehicle and began to storm their vehicle. While he was charging the vehicle, he continued to scream loudly. You couldn’t hear what he was saying. During the attack, the suspect also threw a plastic object on his vehicle. The license plate of the vehicle driven by the suspect returned to a car registered with Christopher Hamner. The driver was clearly Hamner compared to his driver’s license photo. The video captured by the victim’s dash camera recorded the sounds of the victim’s frightened reaction to Hamner’s actions. Both said they were afraid the suspect would attack them. The victim said she was also afraid that he would damage the vehicle. Based on the suspect attacking, pointing and shouting at them, the victims believed they were in imminent danger of being attacked and causing property damage. They rolled up the window on the vehicle and headed north on Beacon Ave S.

Hamner is expected to remain in jail unless he finds $ 75,000 bail set by a judge.