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San Francisco police increase patrols following recent assaults against Asian Americans




On Wednesday, a man and a woman, both of Asian descent, were assaulted in San Francisco in separate attacks by the same suspected suspect, police said.

Separately, three men were arrested for their alleged involvement in an assault and robbery of an Asian American man last month inside a San Francisco laundromat.

Police patrols are increasing in coordination with local organizations in the Asian American community and the Pacific Islands, the said the department Wednesday.

Violence against Asian Americans has increased across the country, coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic. Several unprovoked attacks on elderly Asian Americans in the Bay Area this year led, in part, to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office creating a special response unit focused on crimes against Asians, in particular the older Asians.

Vicha Ratanapakdee, of Thailand, 84, died after she died attacked abruptly while on a walk in the morning on Jan. 28, according to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and elder abuse in the case, he said.
In the Chinatown neighborhood of Oakland, police said a man violently pushed three people went missing on Jan. 31, injuring a 91-year-old man, a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman. A 28-year-old man has been charged with three counts of assault for assault, according to documentation.
Elsewhere in California, in response to increasing attacks on people of Asian descent, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are meeting with groups this week in Asian American communities to raise awareness and encourage citizens to report threats or suspicious activities.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed on patrols announced Wednesday, dit“No one should live in fear that their race or ethnicity will make them a victim.”

Two people attacked within minutes of San Francisco

On Wednesday morning in San Francisco, an Asian man and woman were assaulted by the same suspect in separate attacks, police said.

“Investigators are working to determine if the bias was a motivating factor in the incident,” San Francisco police officer Adam Lobsinger said in a statement.

The aftermath of the crash was captured on video by Affiliated with CNN KPIX. The images show a crowd of police officers and paramedics gathered around an Asian woman, holding an ice pack next to her head and face as she screamed. You can see a man handcuffed in a gornella while a paramedic is treating him.

Both the suspect, a 39-year-old man, and the 75-year-old woman were taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Lobsinger said, with the suspect being treated for “an unrelated medical condition “.

Officers had been called after a previous attack on an 83-year-old man, Lobsinger said. A local security guard chased the suspect on foot, Lobsinger said, and as he fled, police said he assaulted the woman.

The injured woman told KPIX that she had leaned against a public supply pole when the man punched her without provocation.

The victims and suspects have not been officially identified and the incident is still being investigated.

The arrests made in a laundry assault were captured on video

Three youths were arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing and assaulting an older Asian man last month in an attack captured on surveillance video inside a San Francisco laundromat.

The Feb. 23 assault occurred near the Nob Hill and Chinatown neighborhoods. An Asian American man was just sitting inside the laundry room when three people charged, shot the man and violently robbed him. Affiliated to CNN KGO-TV he showed.

The unidentified 67-year-old victim suffered non-fatal injuries from the attack, police said.

Asian Americans reported being targeted at least 500 times in the past two months

The arrested men were identified by police as Calvin Berschell, Jason Orozco and Nolowde Beshears. The three are 19 years old and live in Antioch, California, a suburban community located about 45 miles east of San Francisco.

Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday morning in Antioquia and all three were arrested without incident, according to an SFPD statement. While executing a search warrant, police confiscated two weapons and evidence related to the robbery.

Judicial dates and bail have not yet been set. It is unclear whether any of the three men kept lawyers.

Police expect the men to be charged with burglary with force robbery, elder abuse and assault. According to spokeswoman Rachel Marshall, no case has yet been filed with the district attorney general.

CNN’s Eric Levenson, Stephanie Becker and Dan Simon contributed to this report.