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Photos show Jung Kim, left, and Sungjun Lee, right, with injuries after Jung was assaulted in the beauty supply store that she owns on March 17, A photo of Jung Kim shows her injuries after she was assaulted in the beauty supply shop that she owns on March 17, A photo shows scratches on Sungjun Lee's face.
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He sustained the injuries intervening in an attack on his mother, Jung Kim, in Kim's beauty supply store on March 17, But the women cursed at the Korean business owner, Lee said, saying that Asian people should not be selling wigs to Black people and accusing the business of stealing their money. Kim asked the group to leave, but the encounter escalated when two women physically assaulted the owners of Uptown Beauty Salon. Houston police are now investigating the March 17 incident as a possible hate crime in light of a national surge in violence targeting the Asian American community.
Seconds after leaving, the customers returned and knocked over more displays.
One woman hit Kim several times, breaking her nose. She scratched Lee in the face when he and his brother intervened to protect their mother. A week later, the family still feels traumatized and unsafe in their store following what they believe was a racially-motivated attack, Lee said.
She also made bond and is no longer in custody.
At first, the case was not being investigated as a hate crime, she said. The family said they believe the assault was racially motivated because of the words and actions of the assailants, Lee said.
They think the attackers targeted Kim because she is older, small in stature and Asian, Lee said. Hate incidents and crimes targeting the Asian American population have surged during the COVID pandemic, but local authorities said last week that Harris County and Houston have recorded no uptick.
The Korean family opened the store two years ago after more than a decade in the beauty supply business. The attack was surprising because they have a good relationship with customers, Lee said.
He was touched when regulars reached out and visited the store to check on the family following the assault. Most of their clientele and employees are black, he said.
The family members sought treatment at a hospital following the attack and a doctor said Kim will require surgery. Kim was traumatized by the attack and did not return to the store until Tuesday, Lee said. The other family members returned to work the day after the assault because they cannot afford to close the shop.
The attack was so frightening that they hired a security guard to protect the store during business hours. The year-old owner of Argentina Cafe Empanada Factory said he didn't know what to believe about the coronavirus or the vaccines.
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