Police Handcuffed Latino Husband of One of the Georgia Spa Shooting Victims for Four Hours
Mario Gonzalez and his wife, Delaina Ashley Yaun, had recently arrived at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia, before filming began on March 16. González feared for his wife, who was in a separate room – they were customers who had booked a massage as part of a night out.
But when the police arrived, they were arrested Gonzalez for almost four hours.
The survivor told the Spanish-speaking outlet, Mundo Hispánico, that he was handcuffed and taken out of the house into a police car, despite telling authorities that his wife was inside. He asked her to know her status. He says he’s been ignored.
“Maybe I don’t know because I’m Mexican. Because the truth is they treated me badly, ”he says, showing marks on his right wrist that were handcuffed.
Young’s Asian massage was the first of three facilities terrorized on the evening of March 16. Four people were murdered. The shooter killed four other people in two other spas in Atlanta. Of the victims of Long’s terror, six were Asians and two were white.
Long was unharmed when he was arrested after an interstate chase. Police found a 9mm gun in his SUV. Long has admitted to the shootings. Video evidence was also obtained.
Xenophobia and racism have surrounded this tragedy, not only because of Long’s horrific acts against Asian-owned and operated spas, but also because of the conduct of Cherokee County Police Department spokesman Jay Baker. He told the press on March 17th that it was “a really bad day” for Long. Baker had also posted racist comments about COVID-19 on his personal Facebook page, which has since been deleted. He is no longer the spokesman for the investigation.
The Cherokee County Police Department did not respond to inquiries from the New York Times about Gonzalez‘Statement.
Gonzalez Mundo Hispánico said he needed support now. Long’s murder of Delaina Ashley Yaunn leaves two children, including an 8-month-old, without their mother. A GoFundMe has been launched to raise funds.