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Grand Jury determines that attack at salon was a hate crime

April 16, 2021 

A grand jury has concluded that a woman accused of assaulting the owner of Uptown Beauty Salon was motivated by race and indicted her for a hate crime, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.

Keaundra Young, 24, was indicted for assaulting Jung Kim on March 17.  Grand jurors determined that there was sufficient evidence for the assault charge and for alleging that the defendant was motivated by racial bias.

“Houston is a place where people look out for each other, where neighbors help neighbors,” Ogg said. “Allegations like this, where someone would attack and terrorize another person because of their race is counter to the cultural diversity we embrace.”     

If the defendant is convicted of the assault, which is a Class A Misdemeanor, she would then face the possibility of 180 days to one year in county jail if the judge or jury also finds beyond a reasonable doubt that she sought her victim based on race.

Young is also charged with Aggravated Assault, a second-degree felony, in connection with an attempt to hit a Kim family member with a car.  A second woman, Daquiesha Rachel Williams, 22, is charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly striking a Kim family member with her hand.  She is not charged with a hate crime.

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