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DA's Office to File Hate Crime Allegations Against Man Who Plowed Car into Pedestrians

For release on May 30, 2019


Sean Webby
Public Communications Officer
(408) 792-2997


The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will file hate crime allegations today against a man who deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians using a Sunnyvale crosswalk. The attack left eight hurt, including a 13-year-old girl who was critically injured.

Prosecutors will add the two hate crime allegations based on evidence that 34-year-old Isaiah Peoples targeted two of the people in the crowd because he thought they were Muslim and/or Indian.

Peoples, who was previously charged with eight counts of attempted murder, faces life in prison if convicted. In custody without bail, the defendant is expected in court at 1:30 p.m. today, May 30, 2019 in Department 38 at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. The District Attorney will be available to the media after the hearing.

DA Jeff Rosen said: “Prejudice is not harmless. Someone’s child is in critical condition today because of someone’s ignorance and hatred. So today, we stand with her and her family, and all of our Muslim and Indian neighbors. We will be steadfast in our work to hold this person criminally responsible for the pain and destruction his abhorrent act has caused the eight people he struck, and our entire community.”

Just after 6:30 p.m. on April 23, 2019, Peoples intentionally steered his Toyota Corolla into a crowd of pedestrians crossing El Camino Real at Sunnyvale Avenue. Among the others hurt were the girl’s father and young brother. The defendant crashed his car after the attack and was taken into custody by Sunnyvale officers soon afterward.

Hate crime allegations can be filed when a defendant targets a person or group due to their disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

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Last updated: 5/30/2019 9:35 AM