SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — A second food vendor has been attacked this week in San Jose, according to the San Jose Police Department.
On Saturday morning at 10:40 a.m., police were called to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon near the 1400 block of Old Bayshore Highway. The victim at the scene, a food vendor, told police he was attacked with a baseball bat by an employee of Intex Auto Parts, a business nearby.
The suspect was identified as a 43-year-old with the last name Ho, his first name was not provided. Patrol officers investigated further, contacted the suspect and took him into custody. The victim did not want medical attention after the incident.
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The suspect was booked into jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect allegedly tried to move the victim’s vehicle by force, which also led to a charge for attempted carjacking.
After video of the incident was posted to social media, people took to Google reviews to voice their frustration with the employee’s actions. On Sunday, the Facebook page associated with Intex Auto Parts began reposting positive reviews left on the site after the altercation.
In one review, the commenter, who listed their name as Eric, refers to food vendors as “street roaches.” A request for comment sent to Intex Auto Parts was not returned.
San Jose officials also responded to the attack saying there was no place for violence in the city.
“Our street vendors have the right to make an honest living without fear of intimidation or violence,” tweeted Mayor Matt Mahan.
“The recent attack on the local street vendor is a hate crime and should be investigated as such. My office condemns such actions and finds these behaviors abhorrent. San José’s history and success is rooted in the diversity of its residents, who have and continue to uplift this city.
“Many of these street vendors are the primary source of income for their households, bringing food to their families and supporting their children through school. These vendors are part of our community; they are parents, relatives, and friends, and we should protect them as such.
“Therefore, I strongly stand in support of these hardworking men and women and commit myself to work with SJPD to address this rise in violence,” city Councilmember Peter Ortiz told KRON4.
The first food vendor attack this week in San Jose took place on Thursday outside the SAP Center. The victim in that attack, Saul Reconco, went to the hospital that night, suffering from a broken nose, black eye, swollen face and a bad headache.