ARLINGTON, Va. - A suspect who allegedly hurled anti-Asian, racist slur and pushed an Arlington restaurant employee before skipping out on his tab has been caught, police say.
According to Arlington County police the suspect "has been located and taken into custody."
Police identified him as Jordan Bevan, 28. They say he has "no fixed address."
Bevan has been charged with defrauding an innkeeper, along with felony assault and battery.
Over the weekend, police said they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Police began investigating when they responded to the scene in the 500 block of 23rd Street South shortly before 6 p.m. on May 4.
Two restaurant employees say the man bought $70 worth of sushi rolls at Bonsai Grill in Crystal City, then left the restaurant without paying his bill.
Two employees: a mother and son, chased after the man. The man refused to return to the restaurant, and pushed the woman to the ground after her son, Henry Kim, began recording him.
The suspect then fled on foot toward Richmond Highway.
Police say the man also used racial slurs against the two employees, who are an Asian man and an Asian woman.
"He said – "You Asians, get out of my face. I don’t want the coronavirus from you guys," Henry Kim said. "I was a little bit frustrated, but at the same time – it’s not the first this has happened to me."
The man is accused of pushing Kim’s mom to the ground.
"She’s doing a lot better. Thank, God. When she fell down, she was really hurt in the elbows and hands," said Kim.
In accordance with state law, the incident was reported to Virginia State Police as a hate crime.