On Friday, the Sunnyside Post reported that Maricia Bell, a woman in the Utopia neighborhood of Queens, New York City, has been arrested after allegedly spending months going on an "anti-Asian assault spree."
"The first incident took place on May 23 at around 9 p.m. when Bell punched a 24-year-old Asian man inside a parking lot, located at the rear of 71-43 Kissena Blvd., and ran off with his glasses," reported Michael Dorgan.
Bell's most recent anti-Asian attack, the report notes, occurred on July 21 when "she targeted a 75-year-old Asian woman who was collecting bottles on the street... and struck her in the back of the head with a hammer."
The victim would suffer a laceration to the head as a result of the attack.
According to the report, Bell is charged with a slew of crimes including robbery, assault, and aggravated harassment, with the hate crime enhancement.
Anti-Asian hate crimes have surged since last year, with many victims being targeted out of the incorrect belief that they were responsible for spreading COVID-19 to the United States. These crimes range from random acts of violence to grisly murder plots, like the Atlanta spree killer who attacked women in Asian spas. Congress passed a measure earlier this year cracking down on these hate crimes.
Andrew Quentin Taake was arrested Friday by the FBI, which has accused him of pepper-spraying officers and striking them with a metal "whip-like device" at the January 6 Capitol riot.
And apparently it was Taake's online dating foray that helped get him in trouble.
Taake, 32, of Houston, was tipped off to the FBI by someone who said they hadn't met him -- but was texting with him about the riot -- on Bumble.
"Witness 1 messaged Taake on a dating app, Bumble, while he was in Washington, D.C.," prosecutors allege. "Although Taake and Witness 1 never met in person, Taake discussed his participation in the riot with Witness 1 and sent Witness 1 several pictures of himself, including a picture of himself taken on January 6, 2021, after he was allegedly pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers. Witness 1 said Taake admitted to being inside the U.S. Capitol for approximately 30 minutes."
According to the report, "Bumble provides users with the location information of other individuals using the application." That apparently helped the FBI place Taake in Alexandria, VA on a motorcycle headed for the Capitol, as well as on a plane flight to or from Houston.
The FBI stated it was able to identify Taake through photographic evidence.
"The FBI also located publicly posted videos and photographs showing Taake at the U.S. Capitol. Several of these images show Taake using what appears to be a metal whip and pepper spray to attack law enforcement officers. "
The report says that as police lined up behind a barricade of bike racks to defend the Capitol, rioters began attacking including Taake, who "raised his arm and pepper sprayed the officers." Taake then retreated back into the crowd of rioters.
Some 45 minutes later, Taake is seen "striking officers with a weapon that appears to be a whip" before similarly retreating to the crowd, according to the report.
The report identifies Taake as the owner of a business called Hi-Flow Houston.
Taake faces felony charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, as well as variety of obstruction, violent unlawful entry and disorderly conduct charges. You can read the complaint here.
Hydroxychloroquine-promoting ex-journalist launches Arizona governor bid with unhinged video attacking the press
Former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake is running as a Republican for governor of Arizona.
Earlier this year, Lake left the Phoenix network after 22 years, in part because she was upset that her employer would not let her do segments promoting Bitcoin and hydroxychloroquine.
Bill Goodykoontz, the media critic for The Arizona Republic, explained the dynamics surrounding Lake's departure from journalism in a March analysis.
"While Lake has done her share of responsible journalism, the past few years of her career have been notable for controversies. Lake shared disinformation about the First Amendment after Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump's accounts for his posting of misleading information and lies after his words inspired the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol," Goodykoontz wrote. "It wasn't a First Amendment issue, despite conservative talking points meant to frame it as one."
After Lake announced her gubernatorial bid, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts reminded readers of her coronavirus misinformation.
"Lake was a longtime Fox 10 news anchor who in recent years has taken to peddling conspiracy theories and spreading outright misinformation," Roberts wrote.
She noted "that time in April 2020 when she tweeted a debunked COVID-19 video, calling it 'one of the most HONEST COVID-19 briefings I've seen to date.' The video – featuring two California doctors who advised that staying home during a global pandemic would weaken your immune system – was condemned by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians as 'reckless and untested musings" that are "inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19.'"
"Somewhere along the line, Lake lost her way as a journalist, believing that it's OK to pass along lies and misinformation but it's an 'attack' to question a high-profile, long-time news anchor about her sudden and mysterious disappearance from the airwaves," Roberts explained. "I will say this. She's certainly on brand at the moment for our beloved Arizona, the birthplace of bamboo ballots and unending election audits. Lake should play well on the far-right fringe of the Republican Party."
In an apparent effort to solidify the far-right fringe, Lake released a video where she smashes TVs with a sledgehammer to show her hatred of the media.
The TV's in the video feature CNN reporters Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and Brian Stelter among others.
Lockdowns, Masks, Weak Border Policies, Sketchy Elections & FAKE News Media — I’m taking a Sledgehammer to ALL of i… https://t.co/4oIeNFUBpq— Kari Lake (@Kari Lake) 1626962402.0
Lake will be speaking at Donald Trump's Saturday rally in Phoenix pushing his "Big Lie" of election fraud which resulted in the widely panned Arizona audit.
I’m excited to speak at the Rally to Save our Elections with President Donald J Trump this Saturday in downtown Pho… https://t.co/mPMb6Z4SYw— Kari Lake (@Kari Lake) 1626968056.0
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