Teen accused in alleged bias crime
By Janice Gregorson
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
A Rochester teenager is facing criminal charges for allegedly assaulting a man because of his race.
Anthony Shieha Ou, 17, 1920 42nd St. N.W., is charged in Olmsted District Juvenile Court with gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias. Ou has pleaded not guilty and a court trial is set for Dec. 1.
His brother, Alexander Edward Ou, 20, was charged with the same crime in July. His case remains open and an evidentiary hearing is set for Nov. 12.
The brothers are accused of assaulting a 48-year-old man early on June 6. The man called authorities saying he had been assaulted while walking to his home after being dropped off by a friend a few doors away.
He said four males came outside and made a racial slur while he was walking. He said they came over and began hitting him, knocking him down. They then went into their house. The victim said that while he was on the phone calling 911, seven to 10 more suspects came outside with sticks in their hands and began attacking him.
The victim later was able to identify the two brothers as the assailants. He said the older brother made the racial slur and shoved him in the face and knocked him to the ground. He said the two then punched him.
The petition says Anthony Ou told officers they were concerned the victim was going to do something to their home.