Police investigate anti-Asian bias incidents at Golden Gardens and a Ballard restaurant

Monday night update: The suspect may have been spotted on Market St., and police have responded. Updates here.

Update: An hour after we posted this story, Seattle Police confirmed the photo posted in the My Ballard Facebook group is a “person of interest” in at least one of the bias incidents. We’re now posting the image unblurred, as provided by Seattle Police.

Earlier: Seattle Police say they’re investigating at least three separate incidents of anti-Asian harassment in Ballard – two at Golden Gardens and another at a restaurant on Market St. In one case, police said the suspect spit on a victim.

In the first Golden Gardens case yesterday, police say the suspect approached a woman while she was driving out of the parking lot.

 “Where are you from? Where is your ID?” the suspect said, according to police. “Chinese disease… they bring it here!”  

The suspect then chased her car as she left, the victim told police.

A few hours later at Golden Gardens, the suspect approached a couple walking back to their car, demanded to know where they’re from and spit in the man’s face, police said.

The police report released today aligns with a post Saturday night in the My Ballard Facebook group about an incident at Thai Thani Kitchen.

“This guy came to our restaurant yesterday and today yelling and cussing at our staff and telling us to go back to China (but we are a Thai restaurant),” the post said, explaining it was a message from the restaurant staff. “Today he came in to kicked our hostess sign and threw a door stop to one of our staff. We are afraid that he will do more harm to us in the future.”

Police say the suspect in all three incidents has a similar description: “white male, in his thirties, approximately 5’10 tall, muscular build, with dark hair.” That description is similar to a photo posted in the My Ballard Facebook group about the Thai Thani Kitchen incident. We’ve blurred the photo on MyBallard.com because police have not confirmed the man in the photo is the suspect – or if all three incidents are the work of the same suspect.

Seattle Police is asking anyone who has additional information about any incidents or the suspect to call the police tip line at 206-233-5000. 


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Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

I will personally…and GLADLY…slice off this shithead’s balls. Then he can swagger about in his tanktop and squeak at anyone he likes. #basketofdeplorables

Paintking
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Paintking

Being offended is NOT criminal. Saying bad words is NOT criminal. Your reactions though would be. Perhaps if he laid down at a major intersection, to protest a youth jail or such, he would be a great individual then. Seems the rent-a-mob cause has zero issues with similar in your face tactics, when it comes to protesting something/anything.

terryj
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terryj

where were you yesterday?

Edith Pilaf
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Edith Pilaf

Put down your crack pipe.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Also no point to linking to a private Facebook group because we cannot see anything.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Will Dan Strauss blame this on the mayor too?

El Grunion
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El Grunion

what are witnesses doing? standing by, taking pictures? dogpile this crap-stain and get this over with – or are his widdle rights to be a menacing a-hole going to be trampled?

also, if he happens to be homeless, let me guess? “ALL CLEAR”

Mike O'Brien is smart
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Mike O'Brien is smart

Let me guess, this mentally insane person is a meth addict with a criminal record. Homeless so no laws will be enforced at all. Thanks City Attorney Pete Holmes and King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg! Nice job City Council.

ballardMike
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ballardMike

he looks like a douchebag… not a homeless dude.

Mike O'Brien is smart
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Mike O'Brien is smart

We’ll see. And it will be telling once this clearly mentally insane person is caught.
Will he be let out in 24 hours? Voluntary mental health appointments that he’ll miss? Claim homeless and have no punishment at all?
Can’t wait to see the squishy soft non-threatening hand of social justice from Pete Holmes applied to this creeper.
Prediction: he’ll be out in 24 hours. Just like most other criminals in Seattle, they are set free after they double promise not to do it again.

dtae
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dtae

I witnessed this, called 911, and trailed the guy for a while to try to step in if he went after others and in the hopes that the cops would arrive so I could point them to him. I hope the police were busy with other more pressing issues..

Amphidextrous
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Amphidextrous

What will happen to this creep if he’s caught?
Google “Francisco Calderon”. Fortunately he prefers neighborhoods south of the Moat and east of SR99.
If you wonder about Catch & Release Justice we now have a poster exemplar for Ballard. Hopefully MyBallard will follow this guy for a while.

Matt
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Matt

What is he is caught? What is the crime? Yelling at people? I don’t think having race-based thoughts and spouting them is a crime. Granted, there is probably an underlying mental illness and maybe he needs to be committed for evaluation.

terryj
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terryj

spitting on someone is a crime.”Why Spitters Could Be Charged As Terrorists Because Of The Coronavirus” Forbes magazine…https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/03/31/coronavirus-spitters-could-be-charged-as-terrorists—heres-why/#36dc985a79c2

westerngirl
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westerngirl

It seems most likely that he needs , as we like to say in this country, his medications. But are the SPD are checking the GOP operatives who, according to plan, are invading the “liberal” states to sow discord in preparation for another false election? He probably was in a car with his East Cost Trumperment friends laughing right after each incident and is now in Idaho. Sometimes people make outrageous statements intended only to hurt. Their motivations could be crass and political or internal and unreasonable. Hopefully the people and business affected are okay and recognize this is not representative of people. It is great that another reader witnessed and chased him but be careful!

terryj
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terryj

speaking of those in need of medication. but hey girl have a Trumpolisious day, on me.

bobbyv
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bobbyv

Another druggy thuggy in Ballard ! Things have sure changed here over the last 20 or so years ! It would be nice if the police catch this bozo soon ! Oh well the courts will turn him loose in a day or two anyway !

emmy22
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emmy22

Last night I reported to the police that I saw this man Sunday morning at 56th and 17th. I lady I met there said she had called the police because she saw him throw something at the car. I had heard him yelling things, and only saw his back as he walked away. I keep hearing someone yelling in the early morning — in fact again this morning, Memorial Day at 3:50 am, around 15th near Market, and I think that’s him.

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