Woman Charged With Hate Crime After Allegedly Punching, Hurling Slurs at Asian Boy

A woman accused of carrying out a physical and verbal racist attack on a young boy at a mall in Las Vegas over the Fourth of July holiday weekend has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, Nextshark reported on Monday.

Nextshark, which identifies itself as "a leading source covering Asian and Asian American news," shared a Tiktok video that documented the aftermath of the alleged attack and spoke with the mother of the 6-year-old boy who was targeted. The mother, identified by her TikTok handle @uhmmajo, told Nextshark the video helped officials find the alleged attacker, whom the news outlet identified as Shelly Hill.

Inmate records, accessible through the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) website, show a 57-year-old white woman named Shelly Hill is currently being held on $10,000 bail. A CCDC official told Newsweek that inmate is facing one count of battery and one count of hate and bias crime, though the official could not confirm the circumstances surrounding the inmate's arrest or specific details regarding the charges she is facing.

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A woman in Las Vegas was charged with one count of battery and one count of hate and bias crime after allegedly punching a 6-year-old Asian boy. A demonstrator holds a sign calling for a stop to hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) during a national day of action against anti-Asian violence in Seattle, Washington on March 27. JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images

The inmate listed in the detention center's records was arrested on July 10, the official said. She is due in court on Tuesday, the center's inmate records show.

The CCDC official told Newsweek no additional inmate information could be released when contacted for comment Monday afternoon.

In the caption accompanying the TikTok video that first documented the incident, @uhmmajo said the family intended on pressing charges against the attacker. "I hope the cops picked her up. Mall security just let her go," the TikToker wrote. "Yes, we are pressing charges."

The attacker can be heard yelling in the video while attempting to pick up items that appear to have been dropped on the ground. The video was filmed after the bulk of the attack took place and as both parties were yelling at each other, the TikToker told Nextshark.

Text included with the video alleges the attacker struck the child and yelled racist remarks.

"This woman attacked my son. She punched my 6-year-old in the neck while yelling racist anti-Asian things," the video said.

"This happened at a luxury mall...Stay safe, it's not safe anywhere."

The person who posted the video on TikTok told Nextshark the incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. on July 5 at The Shops at Crystals, a mall located along Las Vegas Boulevard.

By Monday evening, the video had been liked nearly 140,000 times and shared more than 2,100 times.

There has been a nationwide uptick in attacks on the Asian and Asian American communities over the last year, an increase experts have linked to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report published by Stop AAPI Hate earlier this year, nearly 3,800 hate-related incidents targeting people of Asian descent were reported in the U.S. between mid-March 2020 and the end of February 2021.