A man suspected of taking part in an anti-Asian attack on a Filipino family in North Hollywood last month is back in Los Angeles County custody after he failed to appear for arraignment, authorities announced on Wednesday.
Nicholas Weber, 31, was arrested by police after the May 13 attack and issued a summons with instructions to appear in court on June 8.
But Weber didn’t show up.
He was charged with assault and battery for a felony causing grievous bodily harm and assault and battery for a misdemeanor. Both counts also featured hate crime enhancements, according to court records.
Weber was arrested in Orange County shortly after 7:40 p.m. on June 16, said Costa Mesa Police Department spokeswoman Roxi Fyad.
Costa Mesa police “responded to a call for service from a man who may have passed out on the sidewalk” and identified him as Weber, Fyad said. Officers arrested him on an outstanding felony assault warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department.
It was unclear when LA County authorities were notified of Weber’s arrest in Costa Mesa or when he was transferred to Los Angeles police custody.
He is expected to be arraigned Thursday on the LA County charges.
“Unprovoked aggression against members of our community is reprehensible and will not be tolerated,” LA Dist County said. Atti. says George Gascon. “Our message against violence and racial hatred must be loud and clear. We will hold accountable those who commit hate crimes in Los Angeles County. »
The May 13 incident began after Weber allegedly put Nerissa and Patricia Roque in the back of a McDonald’s drive-thru on Victory Boulevard.
At first the mother and daughter thought it was a hit and run because the driver of the SUV pulled out of the line, but he pulled over next to their vehicle and started to yell.
“Oh. You’re so Asian,” he shouted in a tone that seemed to affect some sort of Asian accent. “Yeah, you’re so Asian.”
The encounter was captured in a series of videos taken by Patricia, 19, which were provided to The Times on Friday.
In one video, the man tries to get into the family’s car as Patricia, sitting in the car’s passenger seat, closes and locks the door moments before he pulls the handle.
By then the mother and daughter had called the police and Nerissa’s husband, Gabriel Roque, 62, had arrived from the family home.
A video full of swearing shows the man pushing Gabriel, who falls into a concrete parking lot, and lands on top of him.
After a passerby and Nerissa, 47, separate the man from Gabriel, another video captures a second assault. In a scene partly captured on video and described by Patricia and Nerissa, the man, with his back against a wall, grabs Nerissa by the throat.
Sandy Roxas, the Roque family attorney, said Gabriel was taken to hospital with broken ribs and a bruised left arm.
Police arrived about an hour after the initial confrontation, Nerissa and Patricia told The Times on Friday.
The Roque family held a rally outside the Van Nuys District Attorney’s office branch earlier today in an effort to publicize their case and call for justice.
Nerissa and Patricia said their family had been traumatized by the attack but strengthened by community support.
According to Los Angeles County court records, Weber was recently arrested and convicted of, among other charges, driving under the influence, probation violations and violation of a restraining order.
In 2012, he was sentenced to two years in state prison and 180 days in county jail, to be served consecutively, after pleading no contest in a DUI case, according to court records.
In addition to the case involving the Roque family, Weber faces criminal charges of minor theft and public intoxication in a separate case, records show. This case was filed on June 10 in connection with an incident that occurred on May 31.
“While it will take time for the Roque family and the community to heal, Weber’s arrest is a step towards justice for the Roques,” Roxas said.
The attorney said she and her clients are relieved that Weber is in custody, but know that’s not the end of their fight.
“Weber has been held to account for a long time, and we hope this is a message not only for victims of Asian hate crimes, but also for those who incite violence against our community,” Roxas said. “Pressuring law enforcement is essential to fighting for justice, and I thank them for finally apprehending Weber.”
It was unclear Wednesday whether Weber had an attorney.