Mexican American Grandmother, 70, Mistaken for Asian, Beaten and Dragged Across LA Bus

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has recently arrested a woman who allegedly attacked a 70-year-old Mexican American grandmother on a bus after thinking she was Asian.

The attack: The grandmother, solely identified as Becky, was about to get off the 81 Metro bus at La Loma Road and Figueroa Street on April 9, The East Sider reported.


  • According to Becky's son, Pete, a Black woman aged 25 to 30 hurled anti-Asian slurs at his mother before attacking her and dragging her to the front of the bus.

  • None of the other passengers — not even the driver — helped Becky, Pete claimed. The assault stopped once one of the passengers called 911.

  • Becky and her family are of Hispanic descent but are often mistaken for Asian. They are longtime residents of Highland Park, one of the first subdivisions of Los Angeles.

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The aftermath: Photos taken after the attack show her broken nose as well as deep bruises on her face and neck. Some of her hair and skin were ripped from her scalp.

  • Becky, who was taken to the hospital and released after 24 hours, suffers from preexisting conditions such as lupus arthritis.

  • The bruises on her legs and her other injuries make it difficult for her to walk, according to Pete.

  • LAPD officers found and arrested Yasmine Beasley, 23, for battery around 1:30 p.m. soon after, according to KTLA 5.

  • The incident is under investigation and her bail was set at $50,000.

NextShark has reached out to the LAPD for comments regarding the incident.

Featured Image via @asianswithattitudes) (left), KTLA 5 (right)

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