HEYWARD – A suspect has been arrested in connection with the racially motivated attack at the Hayward gas station earlier this month.
The Hayward Police Department said in a statement Friday that the incident occurred at 9:50 p.m. on July 5 at Chevron Gas Station at 24350 Hesperian Blvd.
According to an eyewitness, the suspect asked “Are you Asian” twice before slapping the victim in the face, police said. The suspect and victim left the scene before officers arrived, but the witness provided a photograph of the suspect’s license plate.
The witness did not know the victim’s name, but said that he frequently goes to the gas station.
Police said detectives eventually traced the victim, an Asian man, with the help of the public, and identified the suspect as 25-year-old Salvador Dominguez Jr.
“We would like to thank the community for their assistance in this investigation,” the police department said in a statement. “Without the information provided via social media about the possible identity of the victim, this matter could never have been resolved.”
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office has charged Dominguez with assault, inciting a fight and increasing hate crimes.
Anyone with information regarding the case can call Detective Chris McGibony at 510-293-7176.