Asian Gang Crime Happening in RichlandPosted: Updated:
RICHLAND, Wash.-- Five Asian gang members arrested for second degree assault at a bar in Richland. A type of crime Richland police say has been going on for quite some time.
"15, 16, 17 years ago, so quite a while," said Captain Mike Cobb, with the Richland Police Department.
But while police say Asian gangs have been around for over a decade. Staff at a Chinese restaurant in the same area as the attack think otherwise.
"I've never even heard of Asian gangs in the Tri-Cities," said Stan Chin, Manager at Ray's Golden Lion Restaurant in Richland.
Stan Chin says he's worked at Ray's Golden Lion for more than 10 years and has never seen Asian gangs in the area.
"We get a fair mix of people, we've never had any problems that were gang related at all," said Chin.
But that wasn't the case for three people who were assaulted outside the Town Crier, by 10 to 12 Asian men.
"Two of them pulled my hair and kicked me in the side of the head, they knocked both my brother in law and the other guy unconscious," said a victim of the assault who wishes to remain anonymous.
The victim says the men were wearing mostly red and black. Police can't confirm the colors, but say they're known as the "Oriental Loco Boys.
"The most recent assaults are affiliated with the blood street gang," said Cobb.
The victim says it's not the first time she's seen them in action.
"We've seen them jump a guy at 7-11, like a few weeks prior and we were driving by," said one of the victims.
"I don't know of any rivals, I don't know what their motivation was," said Cobb.
Gang crime many say is unusual for the Richland community.
"You just don't really see that kind of stuff in Richland," said the victim.