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Turlock woman was punched in alleged hate crime

A Turlock woman was punched in the face Sunday in an apparent hate crime being investigated by Turlock police, a TV station reported.

Fox 40 said the unidentified woman was at a strawberry stand on West Monte Vista Avenue when the man made an anti-Mexican comment and hit her.

Police have not provided many details, other than to describe the assailant as a thin white man wearing dark jeans and no shirt. Officers were called at about 3:30 p.m. to the 1700 block of Monte Vista, west of California State University, Stanislaus.

"The assault was determined to be a hate crime, as such any additional information is confidential," police said in a Facebook post.

It was not known if the assault was related to racist fliers and stickers reported around Turlock over recent months.

People with information about the case can call Officer Mike Stapler at 209-668-5550, ext. 6683. They also can call the department’s tip line at 209-668-5550, ext. 6780, or email tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

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