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San Jose Man Punched, Called ‘Terrorist’ on Grocery Trip to Lucky

San Jose man punched, called ‘terrorist’ on grocery trip to Lucky

By Lisa Fernandez

Just before Thanksgiving, a 32-year-old industrial designer was leaving a Lucky store in San Jose with some turkey broth and salt when he was assaulted by a group of men who broke his jaw and called him a “terrorist.”

This week, the man, who asked this his name not be used for fear of retaliation, underwent jaw surgery, and he is still in need of dental care for the six teeth that were knocked out about 9 p.m. Nov. 21 in the parking lot of the Lucky at 3270 S. White Road near Aborn Road.

“I believe they hit me with the tequila bottle,” he said. “Then they spit on me and called me a terrorist.”

None of the suspects, possibly three or four men, who were all wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts during the attack, have been arrested.

San Jose police confirmed the assault, but aren’t saying much more.

The victim’s family, originally from Calcutta, India, moved to Silicon Valley more than 30 years ago. They are Hindu, and the victim has no criminal record in Santa Clara County, according to a review of court records. He said he graduated from San Jose State with a degree in industrial design.

In 2010, FBI statistics show there were 24 hate crimes reported in San Jose, compared with about 140 hate crimes reported in Los Angeles, a city about four times the size.

A detective this week met the victim, police confirmed. The detective is trying to track down witnesses and find out whether the grocery store’s security camera documented.

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  • Sophist

    @Ibrahim: The Brown Panthers?

  • TheBig_T

    when ever i see stories like this I wonder; if these types of people where never born, will it make the world a better place?
    my answer: hell Yes it would

  • Truth Hurts

    Land of the Feral?

    Does the US state turn a blind eye to this savagery in its claim to be a heartland of Civilisation?

  • Dehnus

    Poor man, victim like the Sikh in the UK. Who got their Turban’s removed by people and beaten on the suspect of being “Muslim”. Sad thing was that after that the EDL started a PR campaign saying that Sikh are a part of their group and some where.

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  • Ibrahim

    I think that brown minorities should begin exercising their right to bear arms.

  • mindy1

    Sad :(

  • corey

    there are still lucky grocery stores around hadnt heard of those since I was a kid.

  • Nur Alia

    Blatant racism is not favorable in most civil societies, but demonising a religion is acceptable.

    The attack on this man shows the root cause of the hate. It is actually disquised as Islamophobia, but if you look at those who are the loudest voices against Islam, they also add a ‘cultural purity’ element to thier propaganda.

  • Robert Spinster

    This kind of violence seems to be growing day by day….

    It cannot be stressed enough: minorities need extra protection. The recent case of this man being physically assaulted is a testament to this fact…

    That this man was hurt so badly is deeply disturbing. I hope he recovers and is then safe.

  • Crow

    Just goes to show that racial hatred is a bia part of Islamaphobia. They’re not only religious bigots, but racists as well. Total scumbags. Also why is it these…latter day crusaders are only brave enough to attack when they’re in packs? Or only attack if they have a knife or a club or a liquor bottle?

  • Averroe’s Ghost

    Would this be listed as an Anti-Muslim hate crime?

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