San Leandro woman distributed anti-Asian screed in Heron Bay neighborhood

Ring doorbell video captured 52-year-old Nancy Arechiga posting anti-Asian messages on doors in the Heron Bay neighborhood of San Leandro on May 22.

A San Leandro woman was arrested by police on May 22 after posting anti-Asian literature on homes in the city’s Heron Bay neighborhood.

San Leandro beatNancy Arechiga, 52, was taken into custoday and booked at Santa Rita Jail. She was later released on bail due to a county policy that aims to limit the jail population due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The handwritten notes placed on five homes, included a message that “if you are a woman or man and was born in other country, return, go back to your land immediately, fast, with urgency.”

The Heron Bay development where the xenophobic notes were distributed in West San Leandro includes a large number of Asian American homeowners.

“I am aware of reports that a woman was posting flyers containing anti-Asian messages at residences and public places in our community yesterday” San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter wrote on Facebook last weekend. “The City of San Leandro is committed to being a welcoming place for everyone. There is no place for hate in our community.”

San Leandro Police said they suspect Arechiga also placed a similar note last Thursday on a message board located at a Heron Bay trail that included the phrase, “no Asians allowed, leave immediately.”