Gregory Jacques, 33, of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States was recently arrested by the New York Police Department. He was charged with assault, second-degree attempted assault and second-degree reckless endangerment.
Jacques allegedly entered a 7-Eleven store on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City and struck an Asian male cashier, 26, in the face multiple times on the morning of April 3, 2021. The suspect is also accused making anti-Asian statements while attacking the victim.
The name of the victim was not released. He allegedly caught Jacques shoplifting in the store so he confronted him.
That was when Jacques allegedly attacked the victim. Before running off, the suspect allegedly said, “You, Chinese mother*****r.”
On April 4, 2021, Jacques allegedly went back to the 7-Eleven store and stared workers down then left. On the morning of April 7, 2021, he was arrested by NYPD officers.
“We have to stand up and be really serious about speaking up about these anti-Asian hate crimes that we’re seeing, but we’re also seeing an increase of assaults against the elderly, regardless of whether they’re Asian, Hispanic, White, African American,” New York Daily News quoted NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea as saying. “It’s disheartening to say the least.”
The NYPD has yet to charge Jacques with a hate crime. Before moving to Brooklyn, he has lived in different parts of Massachusetts including Boston, Medford, Dorchester Center and Brighton.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, USA, 7-Eleven is an international chain of convenience stores founded by Joe C. Thompson as Tote’m Stores in 1927. In 1991, Japanese affiliate Ito-Yokado acquired 70 percent of the company.
In 2005, the company was reorganized as a wholly owned subsidiary of Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. Currently, it is held by Seven and I Holdings Co., Ltd, which is based in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.
Joseph DePinto is the current chief executive officer and president of 7-Eleven. The store operates in different Asian countries including China. Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.