|A screenshot from a video taken by Patricia Roque shows Nicholas Weber shouting at her and her mother, Nerissa, before Nerissa and her husband were attacked in a McDonald’s parking lot.(Photo from Patricia Roque)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] The suspect in an anti-Asian attack on a Filipino family in North Hollywood, California last month was re-arrested in Los Angeles County after he failed to appear in court. Nicholas Weber, 32, was arrested by Costa Mesa police in Orange County shortly after 7:40 p.m. June 16, when someone reported a man apparently passed out on a sidewalk, PH Inquirer reported.
Weber was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department for felony battery causing serious bodily injury and misdemeanor battery. Both counts carried hate crime enhancements, according to court records. The LAPD charges stemmed from an incident on May 13 when Weber allegedly rear-ended the vehicle of Patricia Roque and her mother, while they were in the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant. He then drove next to their vehicle and was captured on video shouting “You’re so Asian” at the women and threatening them in a racist accent.
Nerissa’s father, Gabriel, arrived at the restaurant, where Weber allegedly pushed him to the ground, breaking his rib. Nerissa was then “strangled” and “hit in the chest” by Weber, Patricia told WLS-TV. Police detained Weber and issued him a citation with instructions to appear in court June 8, which he ignored.