Asian Woman Stabbed to Death, But Hate Crime Not Suspected People participate in a protest to demand an end to anti-Asian violence on April 04, 2021 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty)
By Brian Freeman | Sunday, 04 April 2021 09:09 PM
An Asian woman was stabbed to death over the weekend in Riverside, Calif., but police do not suspect a hate crime, CNN reported on Sunday.
The woman, 64-year-old Ke Chieh Meng, was out walking her two dogs on Saturday when she was attacked. Police said officers arrested 23-year-old Darlene Stephanie Montoya after neighbors in the area of the stabbing reported "a transient woman walking through their yards and appearing suspicious."
Riverside Police spokesperson Officer Ryan Railsback said, "when our detectives interviewed the suspect, they didn't come across anything to suggest she attacked the victim due to her race."
Police said the murder appeared to be random.
“We’re going to try to research [the suspect’s] drug-abuse history and her mental-health history,” Railsback said, adding that cops are nonetheless “not closing the door on anything,” according to the New York Post.
Less than a week ago, Montoya was arrested by Riverside police after she attacked a woman near a shopping mall and booked her into jail for assault with a deadly weapon, CNN reported.
However, she was released shortly thereafter on a "notice to appear" citation because of Riverside’s coronavirus-inspired emergency bail schedule.
Railsback said the victim in that case was a white woman, according to the Post.
Just this past week, President Joe Biden announced a number of new actions to combat the nation's rise in anti-Asian violence, Axios reported, after a recent series of shootings in which at least six Asian women were killed.
Anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police in the nation's largest cities soared almost 150% last year, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University.