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Irvine, California’s Jauhar Tajuddin Shuaib accused of tearing Korean woman’s shirt at Tustin park

Jauhar Tajuddin Shuaib
Jauhar Tajuddin Shuaib

Jauhar Tajuddin Shuaib, 42, of Irvine, Orange County, California, United States has been arrested. He was charged with a hate crime, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, assault in a public park, disturbing the peace, sexually motivated annoyance, loitering about a place where children congregate and use of abusive or profane language in parks in violation of the municipal code of Tustin, Orange County.

Shuaib is accused of punching a woman named Jenna Dupuy in the abdomen after making racial comments toward her at the Tustin Legacy Skatepark on Valencia Avenue in Tustin at around 10:42 a.m. on April 11, 2021. The skatepark shares a lot with Veterans Sports Park.

Dupuy, who is Korean-American and also a resident of Irvine, was with friends at the skatepark at that time. According to her, Shuaib tore her shirt off so a stranger had to give her clothes.

Shuaib made sexually suggestive comments for three hours before physically attacking Dupuy, calling her a “North Korean whore” and a “nuclear terrorist,” according to her. She then pepper-sprayed him before he ran away.

The victim immediately called the police. Shuaib had fled the scene when the Tustin Police Department officers arrived but he was located and taken into custody shortly after, according to KTLA.

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Tustin was named for Columbus Tustin. The city was incorporated on September 21, 1927.

Native sycamores and oaks grew in abundance at the time of its founding. It is sometimes referred to as the City of Trees.

On December 1, 2021, Letitia Clark became the first ever female mayor of Tustin in 18 years. She was elected to the city council in 2016.

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