Man Charged with Hate Crimes After Unprovoked Attack at Cupertino T-Mobile Store

For release on June 3, 2022

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Man Charged with Hate Crimes After Unprovoked Attack at Cupertino T-Mobile Store

A 61-year-old man has been charged with felony hate crimes after he attacked a female employee at a phone store in Cupertino, while screaming racial epithets at her and a co-worker.

When a sheriff’s deputy arrested him, Clifford Stewart threatened to kill the deputy and said to him: “All you piece of (expletive deleted) people sneak into this country, have a baby, and get a free apartment.”                 

Stewart will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in Department 85 of the Palo Alto Courthouse on charges of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, hate crimes, vandalism, and threat against a police officer. If convicted, he could face prison time.

“Hate crimes send an ugly and ignorant message to our community that certain people are not welcome here,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “My response is that I will do everything in my power to hold criminal racists accountable in court. Hate is not welcome here.”

On the morning of June 1, Stewart removed a T-Mobile sign from the walkway leading to the store located on Stevens Creek Boulevard and threw it on the street. A 38-year-old Hispanic female victim – an employee of T-Mobile who witnessed the crime – and her co-worker, a 33-year-old Asian man, left the store to retrieve the sign. Stewart immediately reacted by yelling to both of them “(expletive) Chinese, you don’t belong here” and “stupid Mexicans.”  When the woman told Stewart she was going to call the police, Stewart kicked her in the stomach and punched her in the face so violently that she temporarily lost sight in her left eye. The victim was later transported to Stanford Hospital for treatment.  The extent of her injuries remains unknown at this time.

After the man intervened to defend his co-worker, Stewart fled to the nearby Cupertino Sports Center where he was arrested a short time later by sheriff’s deputies.  As he was being detained, Stewart verbally abused a deputy, calling him – among other things – “a Mexican (expletive.)”

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