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SoCal Man Charged with Hate Crime for Physical Attack on Asian American Woman While Hurling Racial Slurs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging a Southern California man with a hate crime for allegedly punching an Asian American woman in the head in Culver City while he shouted racial slurs at her. 

Jesse Allen Lindsey, 37, who is in state prison on an unrelated conviction, but whose last known address was in Fontana, was charged today with one count of committing a hate crime, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

“Hate-fueled violence has no place in our society,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “We live in one of the most diverse areas of the country, and that diversity brings us strength. Our community will stay united in condemning intolerance, and my office will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute those who harm others on account of bigotry.”

“The victim in this case was simply minding her own business when she was verbally abused and violently attacked based on nothing more than her appearance,” said Krysti Hawkins, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “The FBI is committed to the protection of civil rights in the United States and will hold accountable anyone so driven by hatred that they would target innocent people based on their race.” 

According to the indictment, at approximately 1 a.m. on June 14, 2021, the victim was walking to work in Culver City when Lindsey, a white man, asked the victim for a lighter or cigarette. She responded that she did not smoke. Lindsey allegedly then began following her and yelled at the victim, whom he perceived to be an Asian American man, “You [expletive] Asian guy, turn around.” Lindsey allegedly called the victim “Korean” and shouted, “You [expletive] Asian guy, you don’t belong here,” the indictment states.

The indictment further alleges that, as captured on surveillance video, Lindsey yelled at the victim, “You can’t say hi to a [expletive] white boy?” Lindsey then punched the victim in the head, causing her to fall into the street and hit her head. While the victim was lying face down in the street, Lindsey shouted, “You hear what I said, [N-word]? I said good morning, bitch!”

Emergency personnel later transported the victim to a hospital, where she received approximately 11 stiches in her face. As a result of the attack, the victim sustained injuries to her head and ear, which left her unable to work for one month and caused ongoing pain for one year, the indictment alleges.

When he later learned from news reports that law enforcement was investigating the incident as a hate crime, Lindsey, fearful that hate crimes receive greater punishment, fled California, according to the indictment.

“The community we serve is rich in cultural diversity, and we are committed to maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all,” said Culver City Police Chief Jason Sims. “Hate has no place in Culver City. I am extremely proud of the work done by the Culver City Police Department to identify and locate the suspect who is responsible for this violent hate crime. In partnership with the FBI, we are not only seeking justice for the innocent victim in this case, but also underscoring that this type of heinous crime will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods.”

An indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Lindsey is currently in state custody and expected to appear in federal court in the coming weeks.

The FBI is investigating this case and received substantial assistance from the Culver City Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Lindsey Greer Dotson of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section is prosecuting this case.


Ciaran McEvoy
Public Information Officer
(213) 894-4465

Updated May 29, 2024

Hate Crimes
Press Release Number: 24-128