Grandmother brutally beaten on LA bus by woman who thought she was Asian

Grandmother brutally beaten on LA bus by woman who thought she was Asian
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A grandmother was brutally beaten and dragged across a bus in Los Angeles by a hateful attacker who mistook her for an Asian American, according to local reports.

The 70-year-old Mexican American was attempting to get off a city bus on Friday to go grocery shopping for her granddaughter when an anti-Chinese slur at her was hurled at her by a Black female passenger, The Eastsider reported.

The perpetrator then grabbed the elderly woman, dragged her to the front of the bus and began beating her, the report said.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” her son, Pete, told the website.

The attack eventually stopped after a passenger called 911, he added.

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Photos of the victim - identified only as Becky – seen below, show the extent of her injuries with a swollen eye and dark, purple bruises on her face and neck.

“She is badly beaten. Her eyes were closed, her whole face was swollen, she was all beaten, very bad, and the girl [attacker] wanted to pull out my mother’s hair,” said the victim’s son told NBC4.

Her nose was broken, some of her hair pulled out, and she also suffered a concussion, her son told the Eastsider. He added that his family members are often mistaken for Asian.

Her leg was badly bruised during the incident, aggravating her pre-existing condition of lupus arthritis and other disabilities. 

Due to her injuries, the elderly victim had stayed in hospital for 24 hours before she was released.

A police spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that Yasmine Beasley, 23, was arrested on felony battery charges in the attack.

He did not know whether prosecutors were pursuing hate crime charges.

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