Teenage bikers assaulted transgenders because of hatred: police
Police said Tuesday they had arrested three teenage members of a motorbike gang on charges of assaulting transgender people trying to sell sex, and stealing money from them.
A spokesman at the Yongsan Police Station in Seoul expressed concern that they may have committed the crime out of hatred, rather than for theft.
The bikers allegedly robbed them of 2.4 million won in Soweol Street on Mt. Namsan, in central Seoul. Eighteen others were arrested without physical detention on similar charges.
According to the police, the teenage bikers began to assault people in the Yongsan area early last month.
Around 4 a.m. on April 2, seven teenagers riding on three motorcycles approached a 51-year-old transgender in front of a rest and recreation center for the U.S. 8th Army in Yongsan, Seoul, in order to snatch the person’s bag.
“The person quickly got into a taxi and tried to escape, but the gang members intercepted the taxi. They opened the door and assaulted the passenger. The person resisted, closed the door and escaped the scene,” the spokesman said.
Five days later, 16 teenage motorcyclists allegedly assaulted a 39-year-old transgender in front of a hotel in Hannam-dong and robbed them of 100,000 won and an iPhone.
Around 1:30 a.m. on April 25, teenage bikers hit the head of a person with their helmets. As the 39-year-old collapsed, they assaulted them using their fists and feet, and stole 150,000 won and a smartphone.
The spokesman said the victims had been reluctant to report the assaults to police, apparently mindful of retribution.