Man racially attacked out west
An Auckland man who says he was racially attacked is warning people to be more vigilant during the festive season.
Sam Xiao Han, 35, said a man yelled racist and obscene comments at his family outside St Pierre’s Sushi shop in Henderson on October 29.
Police were investigating the incident, which Han said left his family traumatised, especially his six-year-old son who witnessed the racist tirade.
‘‘We’ve lived here for 16 years, we’re New Zealand citizens and we’ve never had anything like this happen to us before.
‘‘And if it happened to us, it can happen to anyone.’’
The man yelled racist and obscene comments about Chinese and Asian people and told them to go back to their country .
He also punched Han’s car window and door.
Han said he hoped the incident would raise awareness on racial crime in New Zealand.
‘‘It’s not something that we can call a grey area because it’s black and white, it is happening.
‘‘With the festive season approaching, where a lot of crimes occur, I hope people are more vigilant not just with racial abuse but other crimes out there.’’
Police said they were investigating Han’s case further and the accused had been identified.
An appeal was made on Facebook to anyone who might have witnessed the racist attack.
‘‘Police believe there would have been a lot of people in the carpark at that time and someone probably witnessed this unacceptable and frightening incident,’’ the police post said.
However, Han believed police only responded after his story was featured in the Western Leader.
When he first reported the crime, Han said police were not helpful.
‘‘I understand that the investigation will take time and I don’t know how much role the media played in this because police did only call me back after the story was written.’’
A police spokesperson said they were disappointed Han felt that way.
‘‘He can be reassured that his complaint is being treated very seriously and is currently being investigated.’’
People can contact Constable Marisa Cox at the Henderson Police Station on (09) 839 0600 or alternatively can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they witnessed the incident.
Sam Xiao Han said his family was racially attacked in Henderson.