Las Vegas Strip Assault of Young Asian Boy Leads to Hate Crime Allegation

A 57-year-old woman is due in Las Vegas criminal court today for allegedly striking a six-year-old Asian child in the head while on the Las Vegas Strip.

Miracle Mile Shops exterior pictured above. Near the iconic Las Vegas Strip mall, a woman allegedly struck a 6-year-old Asian boy. She later was arrested. (Image: Flickr)

The boy was accompanied by his mother while the two were shopping on July 5. For no clear reason, Shelly Ann Hill allegedly began striking the boy and uttering racial slurs, authorities claim.

Metro police located her on Saturday. She was later charged with committing a hate crime and battery, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Hill spent the weekend in the Clark County Correctional Facility. She was still there as of Tuesday morning.

If convicted of the two charges, Hill could face a prison sentence. Racial motivation is a factor for prosecutors trying to prove a hate crime charge under Nevada law.

Incident Near Miracle Miles

The incident took place near Miracle Mile Shops, located on Las Vegas Boulevard South. The retail mall stretches 1.2 miles. Close by is the Jockey Club, an all-suite hotel. North of the location is the iconic gaming properties: Paris Las Vegas and the Bellagio.

Following the attack, the boy’s mother posted a video of the incident on TikTok.

She punched my six-year-old in the neck while yelling racist, anti-Asian things,” the mother, who posted on the social media site as @uhmmajo, was quoted by the Review-Journal.

The boy did not suffer physical injuries during the attack, police said.

Rise in Anti-Asian Crimes

Asian Americans in Las Vegas and nationwide have reported an increase in hate crimes since the COVID-19 pandemic.

One UNLV student, identified as Ava Carino, told KLAS, a Las Vegas TV station, she was followed last year and was “spit on. I was called numerous slurs.”

The uptick in racially motivated crime against Asians has got leaders of the Asian-American community in Las Vegas concerned.

We have to have a good plan,”  said Sonny Vinuya, president of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Clark County Asian-American Pacific Islanders Community Commission told KLAS in May.“We’ve talked about a hotline, for example. We’ve talked about counseling, maybe. We’ve talked about education. So, all of those things factor in. But we have to come up with a good plan.”

Arkansas Violence Leads to Arrest, Resignation

Incidents against Asians have taken place nationwide at gaming properties. In March, a violent confrontation occurred at Arkansas’ Oaklawn Casino, when a fire captain allegedly hurled racial insults and threatened to kill an Asian American man.

Bentonville, Ark. Fire Captain Benjamin Snodgrass was later arrested. He then quit his job and apologized for his actions.

Both he and the victim, Liem Nguyen, suffered injuries in the struggle outside of the Hot Springs casino.

Ed Silverstein

Gaming Law, Tribal Gaming, Crime, Gaming Research----An award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media, Ed joined the news team in 2019 with decades of legal reporting expertise under his belt. His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, courts, crime, politics, education, and state and local government. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (where he now lives), and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale, Ed’s professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives. Email:

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  • My brother & I, who are Asian American born senior citizens plan to visit Dino's Lounge in Downtown Las Vegas Friday (Sept. 10, 2021) to sing old time Rock N Roll Karaoke, but I'm concerned for our safety, since alcohol is consumed at the property. I may change my mind and not go if there is possibility that we may be assaulted or robbed after leaving Dino's Lounge, especially since we both are Japanese & out of town American citizens.

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