Man Accused Of Spitting On And Attacking Transgender Woman At Target
A man has been charged with committing a hate crime after allegedly attacking a transgender woman inside a Target store in Glendale.
The suspect—identified as 34-year-old Rodolfo Coria—was accused of making derogatory comments towards a 45-year-old transgender shopper about her sexual orientation last week in the store, reports the Glendale News-Press. Coria then allegedly spat at the victim and a fight then broke out between the two, leaving the woman with cuts on her legs and a swollen thumb. Police were soon called to the scene.
Coria has since been charged with one misdemeanor account each of assault and committing a hate crime. Glendale police said in a news release that the city has a zero tolerance policy for hate crimes:
Any acts or threats of violence, harassment, property damage, vandalism, or other crimes motivated by hate and bias and designed to infringe upon these rights are viewed very seriously and will be given high priority by the Glendale Police Department.