'Karen' goes to jail: Ex social worker, 54, filmed screaming racial slurs at people in two separate incidents in Southern California faces 45 days behind bars after accepting a deal on a battery charge

 A woman nicknamed 'Karen' who was twice caught on camera racially abusing Asian people in June will face jail time after accepting a guilty plea for a separate attack in which she pushed a woman to the ground. 

Retired social worker Lena Hernandez, 54, from Long Beach, was filmed shouting 'go back to whatever Asian country you came from' in one incident.

She was arrested July 3 and charged with battery after an earlier attack in which she  hit Kayceelyn Salminao on the ground in Del Amo Mall in Torrance, California, in October. 

Prosecutors will reportedly seek a sentence of 45 days in Los Angeles County Jail for the misdemeanor battery charge.

Lena Hernandez, a retired social worker, was arrested on July 3 and charged with battery after she  pushed a woman to the ground and hit her in Del Amo Mall in Torrance, California. Pictured: After the alleged attack in October

Lena Hernandez, a retired social worker, was arrested on July 3 and charged with battery after she  pushed a woman to the ground and hit her in Del Amo Mall in Torrance, California. Pictured: After the alleged attack in October


Hernandez is set to appear in Torrance Court at 8am today for a judge to accept the deal, law officials reportedly told TMZ.

She failed to show up to an arraignment at the court yesterday and the judge issued a bench warrant.

The victims of Hernandez's tirades and their supporters attended the courthouse in protest before she finally arrived later that day. 

After her appearance today, Hernandez is expected to be on probation for the next three years and will have to complete a year-long anger management class. 

She will also reportedly be ordered to pay $1,500 and will not be allowed to own a firearm for the next 10 years as part of the plea.

The victims of Hernandez's tirades and their supporters attended Torrance Court yesterday in protest, but she failed to turn up to an arraignment at 8.30am. She is expected to attend court today at 8am

The victims of Hernandez's tirades and their supporters attended Torrance Court yesterday in protest, but she failed to turn up to an arraignment at 8.30am. She is expected to attend court today at 8am

After her failure to show up at court yesterday, attorney for the victims Sandy Roxas said Hernandez showed a 'lack of respect'.

She told the Rafu Shimpo: 'She did not show up, and by 10 o’clock the court did order and issue a bench warrant for her arrest for her failure to appear.

'She did not have counsel appear on her behalf. She did not have a reason why she failed to appear. 

'This is a clear indication of her lack of respect for the judicial system and her lack of concern for the victim.'

Henandez was tracked down by cops after Salminao recognized her alleged attacker in the two separate racist videos posted on social media in June showing her verbally harassing Asian people.

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In one video Hernandez shouts at a woman who was exercising in Wilson Park and telling her to 'go back to whatever f****** Asian country you came from'.

After that video went viral, a 42-year-old father came forward with a second video in which the same woman was seen telling him to 'go home' and that he would be 'f****d to death' while his eleven-year-old son waited nearby.

Torrance police took Hernandez into custody at around 1 pm on July 3 and charged her with the battery misdemeanour.

She was later released on bail.

The charges relate to the 2019 incident where she allegedly physically abused  Salminao in the California shopping mall.   

Salminao said she had come to the aid of a janitor, who Hernandez was allegedly shouting at for no reason.

Hernandez was tracked down by cops after victim Kayceelyn Salminao recognized her alleged attacker in two separate racist videos posted on social media last month showing the suspect verbally harassing Asian people

Hernandez was tracked down by cops after victim Kayceelyn Salminao recognized her alleged attacker in two separate racist videos posted on social media last month showing the suspect verbally harassing Asian people 

Hernandez then became physical with her and pushed her to the ground, she said.

'She came out and physically shoves me to the ground, I physically fell to the ground. She points at me and says you better not get up or else,' Salminao told CBS Los Angeles. 

'She grabs my hair; she pulls my head down and then she's starting to hit me on the back of my head. She's saying all those really mean words just like the video.'

Salminao's husband rushed to her aid and she was able to take pictures of Hernandez before she left.

She filed a police report after the incident but said she did not hear back from the authorities.

Salminao said the Hernandez pushed her to the ground after she intervened to stop her shouting at a janitor
Pictured: Hernandez walking away

Salminao said the Hernandez pushed her to the ground after she intervened to stop her shouting at a janitor

Salminao came forward last month after spotting Hernandez in the videos on social media. 

'Photos of her walking away while I was waiting for the cops,' she wrote on social media, pointing out it was the same woman who had abused her. 'This white lady!'  

Torrance Police Chief Eve Berg identified the woman in the video and pictures as Hernandez and said they were trying to locate her last month.  

The city attorney's office said there is 'insufficient' evidence to support criminal charges over the two incidents that occurred at Wilson Park on June 10. 

Hernandez first came to the public's attention on Wednesday when Sherry Berry filmed her verbally assaulting her and telling her to 'go back to whatever f****** Asian country you belong'

Hernandez first came to the public's attention on Wednesday when Sherry Berry filmed her verbally assaulting her and telling her to 'go back to whatever f****** Asian country you belong'

The first video showed Hernandez having a racist rant at Sherry Berry when she was working out in the park.

The disturbing incident, which was captured on cell phone footage, happened on a set of stairs at Charles H. Wilson Park in Torrance.

Berry was working out on the staircase when Hernandez bumped into her.

The younger woman responds to the bump by saying 'Jesus' just seconds before Hernandez launches into a racially charged tirade. 

Sherry Berry exercising before the incident began
Friends of the Berry said she often records her workouts and happened to catch the racist moment on Wednesday

Friends of the Berry said she often records her workouts and happened to catch the racist moment on Wednesday. Pictured, Sherry Berry exercising before the incident began

'Hey, listen to me! We don't play games here anymore. Next time you ever talk to me like that you're going to get you a** kicked by my family. They're going to f*** you up!' Hernandez says.

Berry questions what she did to cause the sudden outburst, but the older woman continues to hurl insults and says, 'because you're an a******.'

'Why don't you go somewhere else?' Hernandez says. 'Get the f*** out of this world, get the f*** out of these stairs, go back to whatever f****** Asian country you belong in!

'This is not your place; this is not your home. We do not want you here!' the woman adds.

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She then added: 'You put that on Facebook, I hope you do because every f****** person will beat the crap out of you from here on out.

'Don't you ever say, 'oh Jesus' to me when I want to use the stairs you little b****.'

The victim points out that there are other stairs located throughout the park, but this does not quell the woman's verbal attack. 

'You are a sick, f****** ignorant teenager... Who wears black in California sun? Who the f*** wears black? Are you an idiot? You wear black in California sun? Seriously?'

After Berry's video went viral, a 42-year-old father who wished to remain anonymous shared a further video from June 10, the same day of Berry's run-in with Hernandez, which shows her hurling racist abuse at him at the same park.

A second video of Hernandez was posted from the same park on the same day

A second video of Hernandez was posted from the same park on the same day

His eleven-year-old son was also in the car and witnessed the abuse as Hernandez is heard telling the man to 'go home' on the orders of her government.

Hernandez also mocks the man which accents and by calling him 'Chinaman'.

'I am not a racist person. You need to go home,' she says.

'I am from here,' he answers, to which she says, 'I don't care about your Facebook. You know how many people can't stand you being here. I don't play games, you play games, I play games where you get f****d to death.'

'I am not a racist person You need to go home,' Hernandez is heard telling the 42-year-old father
This is allegedly the second video to emerge of her engaging in a racist tirade

'I am not a racist person You need to go home,' Hernandez is heard telling the 42-year-old father in the second video to emerge of her engaging in a racist tirade

As the man gets out of his car to take her license plate number, Hernandez continues with her mocking accents and pretending that she can't understand him.

'Do you know who my family is? Do you know who your family is?' Hernandez continues.

'Go home this is from my government. Go home, you are so f****d, you're gonna get f****d, your kids are gonna get f****d. This is my country, and this is my government. Go home.' 

The shocking videos emerged during protests for racial justice across the United States following the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. 

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