WILMINGTON, Delaware (WPVI) — A jewelry store owner was attacked in a brutal armed robbery in Wilmington, Delaware.
It happened at Solid Gold Jewelers on 9th Street in the heart of downtown on September 15, and the business remains closed.
Nydia Han spoke to the owner’s two sons on Tuesday, who told her it had shattered their American dream.
“It hurts a lot to see the footage,” David Suh said.
“Pistol whipped my dad three times,” Steve Suh said.
Surveillance video shows Chang Suh, 68, was stomped on and hit on the head at least a dozen times – twice with a hammer.
“I’ve seen a lot of violence in my life,” David said.
But David, an army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is still shocked by the unprovoked violence against his father.
“I think it had to do with Asian hatred. You don’t have that level of violence without hate,” David said.
Action News was there on Tuesday when David’s brother Steve walked into Solid Gold Jewelers for the first time since their father was assaulted.
“It was every Korean’s dream to move to America and have a business,” he said. “I knew he was making sacrifices and my nightmare was that one day the worst would happen.”
“He had internal bleeding and traumatic brain injury,” Steve said.
Chang Suh is now in a rehabilitation center to relearn how to eat and speak.
“It keeps happening to Asian American business owners,” Steve said.
Calvin Ushery, 39, is currently in custody for first degree robbery as well as other offences. Chang’s sons think the charges should be stronger.
“Because we want justice,” Steve said. “We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
Action News has contacted the Wilmington Police Department and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office about the possibility of additional charges. The prosecutor’s office said it was a recent arrest and prosecutors are still reviewing the details of the case.
We have also asked the police if they have reason to believe the incident was racially motivated or if they are investigating the hate crime, but have yet to hear back.
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