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Man charged with hate crimes in attack on Asian family in Northwest D.C.

A man who allegedly assaulted an Asian American family over the weekend near Washington National Cathedral is facing hate crime charges.

The victims — a 30-year-old man and his parents, ages 54 and 61 — were walking on the 2800 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW on Saturday night when they were approached by a man who was shouting expletives, according to court records.

The man began following them, then shouted “You are not Americans!” and an expletive before assaulting the parents, the records show. The man also said, “You don’t belong here,” according to court records.

The son intervened, pushing the man away from his parents, but the man knocked the son and the mother to the ground.

The father suffered a broken wrist and the son a fractured finger. The mother suffered arm pain after the assault, court records state.

Police arrested Patrick Joseph-Miller Trebat, 38, of Northwest Washington. He faces three counts of bias-related crime — two counts of assault with significant bodily injury and one count of assault. His attorney, Thomas D. Engle, declined to comment.

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