Denny Kim Wiki – Denny Kim Bio
Denny Kim is a Korean American man who says he was physically assaulted in the heart of Los Angeles’ Koreatown this month in an incident that police say they’re investigating as a hate crime.
The attack on an Asian American man in LA’s Koreatown being investigated as a hate crime
He is 27 years old.
Denny Kim Physically Assaulted
Kim told CNN he was waiting for a friend on February 16 when he was approached by two men who started yelling racial slurs and then struck him in the face.
“All of a sudden they just started saying very terrible things,” Kim said. He said he also heard the men say, “You have the Chinese Virus, go back to China,” before he was attacked.
Asked about the attack, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed in a news release it was investigating a potential hate crime that took place February 16 on Kenmore Avenue between 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard.
The LAPD’s statement did not name Kim, but said two suspects approached the victim at about 8:40 p.m. local time, “yelled racial slurs” and “then struck him in the face” before fleeing the scene.
Kim’s friend Joseph Cha was getting dropped off by an Uber to meet Kim when he witnessed the attack. Cha said he saw Kim on the ground with his arms around his face as he was kicked and punched by the suspects.
When Cha arrived, the suspects immediately fled in different directions. Cha said they yelled racial slurs as they ran away.
“This guy saved my life, if it weren’t for him I don’t know what would have happened,” Kim said, referring to Cha. “It’s definitely been traumatizing.”
The two suspects, described by police as Hispanic males in their 30’s, have not been found.
One was described as being about 5-foot-7, 170 pounds, with a bald head and brown eyes, and wearing a long-sleeve grey shirt.
The other was described as being about 5-foot-6, 140 pounds, and wearing a white hoodie.
Kim said he did not immediately report the incident because he feared for his life.
“For a couple of days, I did not want to report this to the police because I remember those guys telling me that they’re going to kill me,” Kim said.
Kim eventually decided to file a police report after encouragement from a woman he met at a rally to spread awareness for Asian hate crimes.
“She was the one that actually motivated me to speak out about this so we could ultimately spread awareness and possibly prevent this from happening to somebody else,” he said.