A man who was radicalized by inaccurate media propaganda concerning a supposed wave of hate crimes targeting Asians blamed on white supremacy tried to take revenge by sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint because he presumed she was white.
37-year-old Michael Sangbong Rhee was arrested by police in Lake Forest, California after he allegedly attacked a woman, who turned out to be Asian, “in retaliation for the rise in hate crimes against Asian people.”
“Irvine police say an Asian woman was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car near her apartment Thursday afternoon when she looked up to see Rhee standing at the door, holding a handgun. She told police she did not recognize Rhee, who ordered her to get into the back of her car if she wanted to live,” reports CBS Los Angeles.
“The woman said she offered Rhee her wallet and money, and he replied they would “do that later,” before getting into her car through the passenger side door and pushed her into the backseat, according to police. She struggled with Rhee, who she told police began to grope her, then yelled to a maintenance worker nearby that he had a gun.”