Assault in UC Berkeley believed to be anti-Asian hate crime

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A violent crime reported near the UC Berkeley campus on Monday morning is believed to be an anti-Asian hate crime. 

According to a press release from the University of California-Berkley Police Department, the incident happened near Ellsworth Street and Durant Avenue intersection, where an individual attempted to assault a victim using several rocks. 

At this time, no arrest was made. 

Authorities believe the crime to be a hate crime. Based on the information provided by the initial report, the incident was described as an aggravated assault. 

The department says this type of crime involves “the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.”

The department describes a hate crime as a “criminal offense that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim.”

Anyone with information regarding Monday’s incident is encouraged to call UCPD at (510) 642-6760.