Infamous 'Staircase Karen' Arrested for Misdemeanor Battery

An angry woman with an ill-fitting hat went viral last month after a video showed her racist rant in Torrance, California, and now she's been arrested.


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An angry woman with an ill-fitting hat went viral last month after a video showed her racist rant in Torrance, California. Another video of a separate incident featuring the same woman surfaced less than a week later, and she has since been labeled 'Staircase Karen' by the internet. TMZ reports that the woman, 56-year-old Lena Hernandez, has been arrested for misdemeanor battery following a warrant issued for her arrest.

Law enforcement sources close to the situation revealed that a warrant for her arrest was issued on Friday, and she was later arrested the same day. The charges are connected to a public restroom incident in Oct. 2019, in which she reportedly physically attacked someone. It is unclear if the incident is the same one Twitter user Kayceelyn Salminao reported around the same time the videos of Lena Hernandez started to circulate online, as she claimed the attack happened in Oct. 2019.

I filed a police report on this same lady back in October 2019 due to a physical attack ON ME. Nothing came of it. What are you going to do about it NOW? @TorrancePD

— Kayceelyn Salminao (@kayceelyn_a) June 11, 2020

The arrest was made after the clips shed light on Hernandez's behavior. The first of the clips saw her wish violence on a woman for simply using the stairs. "Next time you talk to me like that, you're gonna get your ass kicked by my family," the disturbed woman said in the clip. "Go back to whatever fucking Asian country you belong in, you little fucking bitch."

This happened to a friend of my cousin this morning in Torrance, CA at Wilson Park. Can we please find this racist old white lady because this is beyond disgusting

— Myles (@myullz) June 10, 2020

The second video showed her being confronted after she allegedly made a "racist comment" toward a man and his 11-year-old son. "You need to go home," she said in the video. "You play games. We don't play games. I play games where you get fucked to death." She also threatened to call the police, later calling the person filming her "Chinaman."

Our friend and attorney just sent us this video of a very racist and extremely disturbed old lady going off on him while his kids are in the car....

— brendon mcnerney (@brendonmcnerney) June 11, 2020

The Torrance Police Department has since arrested her in the city of San Pedro, but she is expected to bail out soon. 

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