Daryl Doyles, 50, was identified by Baltimore authorities as the man seen bludgeoning two Asian-American women at their liquor store
Sickening surveillance camera footage captured a man beating two Korean-American women with a cement block as they tried to close their Baltimore liquor store for the evening.
Daryl Doyles, 50, was identified by local authorities as the attacker in the video. He has been arrested over the incident, and now faces two aggravated assault charges – but has not been charged with a hate crime.
Surveillance video released on Reddit shows an Asian woman in a gray shirt trying to shut the door of Wonderland Liquors in Baltimore shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night.
But she is forced back into the store by a man in a red shirt – who investigators say is Doyles, and who was carrying a cement block.
The attacker shoves the woman, as a male customer walks past the brawl and leaves the store.
The man and woman fight on the ground for nearly 20 seconds before a second woman, who is the first victim’s sister, appears in the frame. She immediately starts trying to help, only to be smacked hard with the same block.
Together, the women try to force the man out of the door, but he once again slams them both with cement blocks, forcing them to the ground.
Much of the fight then continues outside of the store, largely obstructed from the surveillance camera, until the women return to the store alone.
One of the two is seen bleeding profusely from a wound on her head. Neither victim has been named.
Surveillance video shows a man, believed to be Daryl Doyles, entering Wonderland Liquors in Baltimore on Monday evening, and battering two Korean-American sisters who work there
The first woman was seeing trying to fight back, and forcing her assailant outside
Her sister ran over to help her, but both women were overpowered by their attacker, who drew blood as he smacked them with the cement block
The man in the video is believed to be Daryl Doyles, who, police told the Washington Examiner, fled on foot before he was apprehended.
A motive for the beating has yet to be released, but John Yun, the son of one of the victims and the nephew of the other, said his mother had never seen Doyles prior to this altercation.
She is now facing severe physical wounds, and her sister had to get 25 stitches on her head following the assault, Yun wrote in a GoFundMe he set up to pay for his mother and aunt’s medical expenses.
Both women have since been discharged from hospital, after CT scans performed by doctors came back clear, and are recovering at home.
‘Their physical wounds will heal eventually, but the trauma from this attack will require more time,’ Yun said.
He told CBS Baltimore that he is ‘feeling raged’ by the incident.
‘It doesn’t make sense why they would come here to make a living and get treated like this in a community that should embrace them because we’ve been here over 20 something years,’ he said. ‘We are a part of this community.’
The victims suffered from severe physical injuries, with John Yun’s aunt needing 25 stitches
The victims, one of whom is pictured before the attack, were the owners of Wonderland Liquors, and have been an integral part of the Baltimore community for 20 years, relative John Yun said
It remains unclear whether the beating was racially motivated, but the altercation is the latest in a string of attacks against Asian-Americans.
Another Asian woman was attacked with a hammer in midtown Manhattan on Monday, and in March a man called Asian-American woman an ‘ugly-a** ch**k’ after she asked him to put on his face mask on a Miami bus.
‘It’s not about Asian, white, black or whatever, this is humanity,’ said Bilal Ali, a former representative for the Baltimore district where the liquor store attack happened.
He told CBS that he wants justice for the assault ‘because imagine watching a video vice-versa, imagine what you would think of your mom being attacked.’
The victims are being represented by former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur, who now works in the private sector, through the Alliance for Asian American Justice.
‘We will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that the attacker is brought to justice,’ Hur told WBAL TV. ‘ While we are still learning the facts, one thing is clear: such shocking acts of violence against fellow members of our neighborhoods cannot go on.’
‘I urge everyone to do all we can to raise awareness and to speak out against bias, hate and violence against any members of our city and community, including Asian Americans.’