One arrested after anti-Asian racist rant and alleged assault in Richmond

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Screen grab of social media video in which a man was heard hurling racist slurs at a person. (instagram/bre_d - image credit)
Screen grab of social media video in which a man was heard hurling racist slurs at a person. (instagram/bre_d - image credit)

Richmond RCMP have arrested one suspect after an alleged assault involving anti-Asian racial slurs at a Steveston business Monday afternoon.

Police say the incident happened at 3:15 p.m. but no other information is being released while the investigation is ongoing.

However, posts on social media claim a coffee shop employee who asked a couple to maintain social distance from other customers had a coffee thrown on her, followed by the slur, "f--- you Chinese."

In a video that purportedly captures the end of the incident, a man and woman are seen getting into a BMW in the 3900-block of Moncton Street.

Twice the man says "f---ing Chinese" toward the person shooting the video before he climbs into the driver's seat and shuts the door.

He then gets back out of the car and says "coronavirus is you" to the person taking the video.

In a statement, Richmond RCMP Chief Superintendent Will Ng said racism has no place in the community.

"I want to reassure the public that any investigation with potential hate motivated undertones will be given our full attention and oversight," he said.

CBC has not independently verified the video.

Richmond RCMP are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to contact them at 604-278-1212, by email at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or anonymously at Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).