An elderly Asian woman turned the tables on her attacker after being assaulted in downtown San Francisco, picking up an object on the street to defend herself with.
via: New Daily News
A San Francisco man attacked an elderly Asian woman Wednesday morning, but she fought back and the scuffle ended with the assailant bloodied and handcuffed to a stretcher, witnesses said.
The unprovoked attack occurred around 10 a.m. in downtown San Francisco, local CBS affiliate KPIX reported. A sports reporter with the station happened across the scene.
Just came upon an attack on an elderly Asian woman on Market Street San Francisco. Effort I got more details pic.twitter.com/5o8r0eeHE2
— Dennis O'Donnell (@DennisKPIX) March 17, 2021
The woman is seen holding an ice pack to her face and speaking to a crowd. The man is shown handcuffed to a stretcher with blood around his mouth.
San Francisco police identified the assailant as a 39-year-old man, according to KPIX. They said he’d also attacked an 83-year-old Asian man shortly before his assault on the 75-year-old woman.
The woman said she was standing next to a lamppost when the man punched her in the face, KPIX reported. She fought back, and was seen holding a wooden stick at the scene.
“You bum, why did you hit me?” the woman asked the man, according to KPIX. “This bum, he hit me,” she told the crowd.
All three people were hospitalized, local Fox affiliate KTVU reported.
Anti-Asian violence has increased throughout the U.S. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and there have been a series of vicious assaults in the Bay Area.
Pak Ho, a 75-year-old man, was killed in a robbery in Oakland last week. Teaunte Bailey, 26, was charged with murder after police say he shoved Ho to the ground, slamming his head into the sidewalk and causing traumatic brain injuries.
Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant, was killed in January in San Francisco. The elderly man suffered brutal injuries after being shoved to the ground, and later died in a hospital. Antoine Watson, 19, pleaded not guilty after being charged with Ratanapakdee’s murder.
In Atlanta, eight people, including six Asian women, were killed Tuesday evening at three different spas. Police say Robert Long, 21, shot up all three spas and then drove toward Florida intending to kill more people before he was captured in south central Georgia.
“Wake up… your Asian friends and family are deeply scared, horrified, sick to their stomachs and wildly angry,” Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Please please please check in on us, please please please stand with us. Please. Your Asian friend needs you, even if they aren’t publicly grieving on social media.”
The group Stop AAPI Hate said over the past year there have been nearly 4,000 hate incidents against Asians across the U.S. Chiu says 1,600 of those attacks were in California.