Disturbing video shows an Asian store owner in Washington DC being punched by a customer as crimes against Asian Americans continue to spike
- Chong Hu Lu, owner of Max Trading, told NBC Washington's Aimee Cho that he was attacked by a customer on Tuesday.
- He said the customer punched him after he said it was store policy not to take jewelry out of cases.
- The man seen on surveillance footage punching Lu has not been caught.
An Asian-American store owner in Washington, DC, says he was punched in the face by a customer on Tuesday, requiring him to get 14 stitches.
Chong Hu Lu, owner of Max Trading, told NBC Washington's Aimee Cho that a customer punched him after getting angry over a store's policy of not taking jewelry out of their cases.
Lu told Cho that the man yelled "F--- you Chinese people, I hate you" before attacking him.
Video footage of the incident shows Lu speaking with a man before the man punched him several times, knocking him to the ground.
-Aimee Cho (@AimeeCho4) May 5, 2021
The man fled and has not been arrested.
Police told NBC Washington that officers are investigating the attack.
Attacks against Asian Americans in the United States have spiked in recent months.
This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.
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