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A man accused of stabbing members of an Asian-American family, including a 6-year-old boy, has pleaded guilty to three counts of committing a hate crime.
Jose Gomez III, 21, of Midland, Texas, told investigators that he attacked the family inside a Sam’s Club store on March 14, 2020 because he believed they were Chinese and responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
According to a Justice Department press release, Gomez had never seen the family before, but he followed them into the store for several minutes. Gomez found a serrated steak knife at the store and bent the blade so the sharp edge was facing out. He approached the family and hit the father in the face, cutting him up.
Gomez left and returned with an 8-inch knife from the store. He attacked the family’s two young children, then 6 and 2 years old, who were sitting in the front basket of the shopping cart. Gomez cut the face of the 6-year-old boy. Prosecutors said the blade entered millimeters from his right eye, split his right ear and wrapped around the back of his skull.
Gomez also stabbed a Sam’s Club employee who intervened.
As he was held on the ground, Gomez yelled at the Asian family, “Get out of America!”
Gomez told investigators that he intended to kill the 6-year-old boy and stabbed the employee for stopping him from doing so.
“An Asian family was shopping when the defendant viciously attacked them because of their race and because he blamed them for the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Racially motivated hate crimes targeting the Asian American community are on the rise and have no place in our current society. All people deserve to feel safe and secure living in their communities, regardless of race, color, or national origin.”
Gomez faces life in prison for each offense and a $250,000 fine.