A 61-year-old man is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly attacked a phone store employee in Cupertino earlier this week while shouting racial epithets, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Friday.

Clifford Stewart was arraigned Friday afternoon for assault, vandalism, threats against a police officer and hate crimes for Wednesday’s attack at the T-Mobile on Stevens Creek Boulevard, according to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said Stewart pulled a T-Mobile sign from the driveway leading to the store and threw it onto the street, and when a Hispanic store employee and his Asian colleague left the business to retrieve the sign , Steward allegedly shouted “(Chinese expletive, you don’t belong here” and “stupid Mexicans”.

When one of the employees said she was going to call the police, Stewart allegedly kicked her in the stomach and punched her in the face, causing her to temporarily lose sight in one eye, prosecutors said. . She was taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment and no update on her condition was immediately available.


Stewart then reportedly fled to a nearby sporting goods store, but was arrested shortly after by county sheriff’s deputies, and while in custody allegedly threatened to kill a deputy and allegedly said, “All you (expletive) people are sneaking into this country, having a baby and getting a free apartment,” according to the district attorney’s office.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen said of the case, “Hate crimes send an ugly, ignorant message to our community that some people are not welcome here. My response is that I will do everything in my power to hold racist criminals accountable in court. not welcome here.”

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