‘I'll f*** you up’: Man who racially abused Olympic karate ace Kokumai and told her to ‘go home, stupid b****’ is arrested (VIDEO)
Michael Orlando Vivona was filmed by the the seven-time karate champion as he shouted at her in Orange, California on April 1, calling her a "stupid b****" after warning: "I'll f*** you up".
He has now been detained over a separate angry altercation in which he attacked a husband-and-wife, with part of his arrest relating to "threatening a Japanese-American... at the same location."
"The suspect punched a 79-year-old Korean American male and his 80-year-old Korean American wife in the face," read a statement from the City of Orange Police Department, who arrived after community members surrounded Vivona.
On 4/18/21 officers arrested 25-year-old Michael Vivona from Corona for assaulting an elderly Korean American couple. He was arrested for elder abuse & committing a hate crime. He was also arrested for threatening a Japanese American on 4/1/21. Vivona was booked at OCJ. #arrestedpic.twitter.com/1wvromtMzm— Orange Police Department (California) (@CityOfOrangePD) April 19, 2021
The 25-year-old was taken in on elder abuse and hate crime charges before he was linked to the confrontation with Kokumai.
"Don't go looking at me behind my back," he was shown ranting as he strode forwards, while the hopeful at this summer's Tokyo Olympics laughed and smiled nervously in an apparent attempt to diffuse the confusing situation.
"I'm six feet away. Stay away from me. I'm not f***ing scared of you. You're a loser, go home. You're little, stupid b****.
"I'll f*** you up. I'll f*** your husband up, your boyfriend or whoever the f*** you're talking to on the phone."
Anti-Asian racist in California harasses Sakura Kokumai, the first American to qualify for the Olympic games in karate pic.twitter.com/3p2QIi9ia7— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 13, 2021
Although his words are not entirely clear from the footage, Vivona then appeared to hurl more abuse that Kokumai confirmed had been racist.
"I don’t know which was worse, a stranger yelling and threatening to hurt me for no reason or people around me who witnessed everything and not doing a thing," she said at the time.
"I was aware about the anti-Asian hate that was going on. You see it almost every day on the news. But I didn’t think it would happen to me at a park where I usually go to train."
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