FBI opens federal hate crime investigation into Sunnyvale crash incident that left 8 injured

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The FBI has opened a federal hate crime investigation into the Sunnyvale Crash on Tuesday where a suspect is accused of crashing into eight people on purpose.

The FBI San Francisco Field Office is conducting the investigation.

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The FBI released a statement saying, "The FBI San Francisco Field Office has opened a federal hate crime investigation into the incident that occurred in Sunnyvale on April 23, 2019. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time."

Isaiah Peoples, 34, is charged with eight counts of attempted murder. The crash on El Camino Real left a 13-year-old girl in critical condition and injured seven others.

Police said they found evidence that Peoples may have targeted the victims based on their race and belief they were Muslim.

He's expected back in court May 16.
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