(From China Daily)
Safety concerns were rising among Chinese students after a Chinese woman was brutally beaten in an possible hate crime last week in Tempe, Arizona.
Kalie Rutledge, 22, began yelling slurs like “Bitch, go f—ing back to China” to Shi and her friend after they got on the train and talked in Chinese, Shi told China Daily.
She said the suspect aggressively approached them and continued berating them for a while. As they were about to get off the train at their stop, the suspect came at them and punched Shi in the face.
“I lost consciousness for a few seconds, and then I found myself on the ground with blood all over my face,” Shi said. Her friend was also attacked but didn’t sustain serious injuries.
Shi had a broken bone in her face and swelling to her eye. She said the doctor told her surgery might be necessary, though she was currently in stable condition.
The suspect was arrested by Tempe police that night on a charge of aggravated assault and then booked into Maricopa County Jail. According to Maricopa County court documents, Rutledge was released after an initial appearance on May 24, and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on May 31. Read more