Man was told he needed a mask at a store. Angry, he took his frustrations out at Asian-owned businesses, cops say

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Jun. 8 2021, Published 5:28 p.m. ET

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After being told he needed to wear a mask because of COVID-19 restrictions, a man trashed three Asian-American-owned businesses and assaulted employees, prosecutors allege.

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Darryl Doles is accused of attempted murder of several Asian-American business owners and other related offenses. The crimes occurred on May 2.

Doles was indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, nine counts of hate crime, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of dangerous weapon with intent to injure, one count of malicious destruction of property under $1,000 and one count of attempted malicious destruction of property under $1,000.

The 22-count indictment was announced this week by the State Attorney of Baltimore County.

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If convicted of all charges, Doles faces a potential maximum sentence of two life sentences plus 65 years in prison.

The indictment alleges that Darryl Doles entered an Asian-American-owned business, Linden Discount Liquors, to use the lottery machine.

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The store security guard asked Doles to put a face mask on due to COVID-19 restrictions. Dole refused, so the guard asked him to leave the store, according to prosecutors.

Doles threw the lottery machine on the ground, kicked it across the store and walked out.

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About 10 minutes later, Doles allegedly returned to the same store, claiming that he left property there. The security guard again told him he must leave, prosecutors noted.

Doles left and came back with a 4-foot long two-by-four piece of lumber, swung and struck the security guard, who suffered minor injuries.

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The owner of the store, Chang Yim, approached and removed the lumber from Doles’ grasp. Doles then ran from the store, according to prosecutors. Minutes later, Doles entered a second Asian-American-owned business, 40/40 Liquors.

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He walked into the store, kicked a display window knocking down wine bottles and exited the store, according to prosecutors.

When the owner, Goya Choi, an Asian-American man, exited the store and told Doles not to come back, Doles turned around and said “F--k Chinese!”

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Doles then walked a block and entered a third Asian-American-owned business, Wonder Land Liquors. There, Hy-Shin Williams observed Doles repeatedly kicking the display window, knocking things over and causing a disturbance. Williams called 911.

A few minutes later, Williams went to the front door to close and lock it for the evening.

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As he began closing the door, Doles appeared with a piece of concrete in one hand. Williams tried to grab the object from Doles, prosecutors said.

The two locked arms and fell to the ground. Doles grabbed Williams by the hair and pushed her face to the ground, according to the indictment.

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Williams tried to retrieve the block from Doles’ left hand, but he pulled it away while kneeling on top of Williams and struck her three times in the head with the concrete block.

Williams’ sister, Hye-Kyong Yun, rushed over to stop Doles, but he hit her once in the head with the block, according to prosecutors.

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Williams ran over to help her sister and pulled off Doles’ mask. Doles then struck Yun and Williams in the head repeatedly with the cement block.

Yun took the block away from Doles and pushed him out of the store. Yun was bleeding from the right side of the head, and Williams’ face and head were covered in blood, according to the indictment.

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Williams called 911 again, and a Baltimore police officer arrived at the scene. He reviewed the surveillance video and gave other patrol units a description of Doles.

Yun’s son, Jon Yun, arrived at the scene, looked at the surveillance video, then searched for Doles. About 45 minutes after the attack, he found Doles about six blocks from the store and called 911, according to prosecutors.

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Officers responded and detained Doles until other cops arrived. He sat on the ground uncuffed while waiting for the primary officer.

According to court documents, a person whom Doles referred to as Shawn was on the scene. Doles asked him to tell the officers he was elsewhere, but Shawn declined.

During their conversation, Doles allegedly said, “They need to go back to their country.”

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Other statements include “They f--ked your country up, but you still love them. F*** outta here. I won’t eat s*** out their motherf****** stores” and “I’ll order out before I eat that motherf****** food.”

Hy-Shin Williams suffered multiple cuts to the head, swelling and bruising around the eye and bled profusely. She received stitches in three places on her head and hasn’t reported back to the store since the event due to headaches and dizziness.

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Hye-Kyong Yun also suffered cuts to her forehead and a possible concussion. She suffered a gash to her temple, which was too deep and near too many veins to stitch safely. She has missed work since the event and suffers from continuous headaches and dizziness, prosecutors noted.

“This crime shocked the conscience of everyone in Baltimore. Today’s indictment shows that hate has no home in our city. We commend the victims for their courage and look forward to delivering justice,” said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

“I applaud the Baltimore Police Department for swiftly apprehending a suspect in this racist attack, and grateful for the leadership of the State’s Attorney Office in showing hate has no place in our city. Leaders must be concerned about the humanity of others if we are serious about making a safer, more equitable Baltimore. This is a priority for my administration, and Baltimoreans should be pleased that the State’s Attorney Office is aligned on this fundamental belief," said Mayor Brandon Scott.

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