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Indictment Details Alleged Hateful Motive in Rampage of Multiple Asian-American Businesses

Baltimore, MD (June 7, 2021) - Today, a Baltimore City Grand Jury returned a 22-count indictment against Darryl Doles for the attempted murder, of several Asian-American business owners, and other related offenses which occurred on May 2, 2021. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.

Doles has been charged with 22 counts including:

  1. Two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder
  2. Nine counts of Hate Crime
  3. Two counts Attempted Second Degree Murder
  4. Two counts of First Degree Assault
  5. Three counts of Second Degree Assault
  6. Two counts of Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure
  7. One count of Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1000
  8. One count of Attempted Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1000

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

According to court documents, after being denied entry to an Asian-American business on May 2, 2021, because he refused to wear a required mask indoors, the Defendant Darryl Doles returned to the business armed with a large piece of lumber and allegedly attacked the security guard who denied him entry. After the store’s Asian-American owner disarmed and removed Doles from the store, the defendant went on a rampage by ransacking two other Asian-American-owned businesses and assaulting employees and owners. The defendant made clear his hateful motive in these attempted killings.

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.

“The announcement of indicting Daryl Doles with additional hate crime charges is a welcome message to many that saw that heinous act of violence against two business members of our community. I want to thank the officers and commanders of the Central District for their thorough investigation into this incident and the State’s Attorney Office for their coordinated efforts with our officers in bringing justice to the victims," said BPD Commissioner Michael Harrison.

The indictment alleges that on May 2, 2021, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Darryl Doles entered the first Asian-American-owned business, Linden Discount Liquors located 904 West North Avenue, to use the lottery machine. The store security guard asked Doles to put a face mask on due to COVID restrictions in the store. When Doles refused, the security guard asked him to leave the store. Doles grew angry, threw the lottery machine on the ground, kicked it across the store, and walked out of the store.

Approximately ten minutes later, the indictment details that Doles returned to the same store, claiming he left personal property there. The security guard again told Doles he must leave; so Doles left and came back with a 4-foot long 2”x4” piece of lumber, took a full swing, and allegedly struck the security guard on the right side of his body. The security guard suffered minor injuries, including a bruise to his elbow/wrist area and rib cage. The owner of the store, Chang Yim, approached and physically removed the piece of lumber from Doles’ grasp. Doles fled the location on foot. The lottery machine, valued at under $1,000, was rendered inoperable because of Doles’ actions.

Minutes later, at approximately 11:35 p.m., Doles entered the second Asian-American-owned business, 40/40 Liquors located at 2139 Pennsylvania Avenue. Doles walked into the store, kicked a display window knocking down wine bottles, and exited the store. The owner of the store, Goya Choi, an Asian-American man, exited the store and told Doles not to come back in his store. Doles turned around and said “F--k Chinese!” towards Choi and then continued walking northwest. Choi had never seen Doles or had any interactions with Doles before this incident.

According to the indictment, Doles walked about a block northwest and entered the third Asian-American-owned business, Wonder Land Liquors at around 11:45 p.m., located at 2045 Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon entering the store, Hy-Shin Williams, 67, observed Doles repeatedly kicking the display window, knocking things over, and causing a disturbance. Doles repeatedly kicked the display window despite the store’s closure and Williams’ insistence for him to leave the store. Williams called 911 and the dispatch advised they would send an officer to the store. Williams had never seen Doles or had any interactions with Doles before this incident.

About six to seven minutes after Doles left, Williams went to the front door of the store to close and lock it for the evening. As Williams began closing the door, Doles appeared with a piece of concrete, 1 to 2 inches thick and 8 to 9 inches square, in one hand. Williams saw the object and tried to grab it from Doles. The two locked arms and fell to the ground. Doles grabbed Williams by the hair and pushed her face to the ground. 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.

The indictment further alleges that Williams’ sister, Hye-Kyong Yun, 66, rushed over to stop Doles, but Doles struck her once in the head with the block. Williams though injured ran over to aid her sister and pulled Doles’ mask off. Doles then struck Yun and Williams in the head repeatedly with the cement block. Yun managed to take the block away from Doles and pushed him out of the store. Both Williams and Yun came back into the store. Yun was bleeding from the right side of her head. Williams’ face and head were covered in blood. Williams called 911 again to report the attack. A BPD officer arrived on the scene immediately after midnight. He reviewed the surveillance video and detailed a description of Doles to BPD patrol units.

Yun’s son, John Yun, arrived on the scene, reviewed the surveillance video, and then searched for Doles. John found Doles in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, six blocks from the store location, approximately 45 minutes after the attack and called 911. Officers responded and detained Doles until the primary officer arrived. Doles 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 Shawn to tell the officers he was elsewhere. Shawn declined, and said Doles shouldn’t have assaulted that lady and the following conversation ensued:

Shawn: “Then you beat his aunt too. What was that for?”

Doles: “They need to go back to their country.”

Shawn: “That’s what it was about?”

Doles: “She shouldn’t have came out. They f--ked your country up, but you still love them. F--k outta here. I won’t eat sh-t out their motherf--king stores.”

Shawn: “I love my country to death.”

Doles: “I’ll order out before I eat that motherf--king food.”

Hy-Shin Williams suffered multiple lacerations to the head, swelling and bruising around the eye, and bled profusely. She was transported to Shock Trauma for her injuries. 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.

Hye-Kyong Yun also suffered bleeding lacerations to her forehead and a possible concussion. Yun was transported to Grace Medical Center to be treated. She suffered a gash to her temple which was too deep and near too many veins to stitch safely. She has missed work since this event and suffers from continuous headaches and dizziness.

An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.

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