Video shows man attacking Asian American family in NoHo drive-thru. Man is charged with hate crime

A man who was caught on video attacking an Asian American family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood in May has been charged with a hate crime, officials announced Wednesday.

Nicholas Weber, 31, of Sylmar, faces one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and one misdemeanor count of battery, along with a hate crime allegation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The May 13th incident, in which Gabriel and Nerissa Roque families were attacked while waiting in line at the drive-thru, led to the charges.

Weber allegedly hit the back of the Roque family’s vehicle and “proceeded to yell racial insults,” the DA’s office said in a news release.

Weber was heard in video sharing with KTLA “You’re so Asian” in an exaggerated accent after pulling alongside the family’s vehicle.

Things escalated to physical altercations between the men. Nerissa Roque was also attacked.

Weber choked her, she said, and she fell to the floor.

“I thought, ‘I’m gonna die,’” Nerissa Roque said.

Weber was issued a citation and released following the incident.

Weber failed to appear at the Van Nuys courthouse, despite being urged by family members and community members to do so.

He was arrested under a bench warrant. Officials say he was taken into custody by Orange County police for an unrelated matter.

He is due to be arraigned Wednesday.

Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate the matter.

“The unprovoked assault on members of our community is wrong and will not be tolerated,” District Attorney George Gascón said in the news release. “Our message against violence and racial hatred must be loud and clear. We will hold accountable the people who commit hate crimes in Los Angeles County.”


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