A 76-year-old Asian lady was attacked in San Francisco — however the feisty retiree turned the tables on her a lot youthful assailant by combating again, leaving him bloodied earlier than yelling, “You bum!”
Xiao Zhen Xie grew to become the newest sufferer in a surge of assaults on Asians within the Bay Space when the person, who appeared to be in his 30s, punched her within the face with no provocation as she stood on a sidewalk Wednesday, KPIX 5 reported.
Video posted on Twitter by the station’s sports activities director Dennis O’Donnell exhibits the battered lady holding an ice pack to her black eye and wielding a stick she apparently used in opposition to the goon, who’s handcuffed to a stretcher.
The spunky lady mentioned her ordeal from her senior retirement dwelling in San Francisco, along with her daughter Dong-Mei Li deciphering.
“Very traumatized, very scared and this eye continues to be bleeding,” Li informed KPIX 5. “The proper eye nonetheless can not see something and nonetheless bleeding and we now have one thing to take in the bleeding.”
Xie, who has lived within the metropolis for 26 years, mentioned her quick intuition was to battle again when she was attacked whereas ready at a visitors gentle at Market Avenue and Charles J. Brenham Place round 10:30 a.m.
“She discovered the stick across the space and fought again,” Li mentioned, including that her mother nonetheless can’t see out of her left eye and has not managed to eat after the mindless crime.
“As you’ll be able to see, she is extraordinarily terrified,” Xie’s grandson John Chen informed KPIX 5. “She’s terrified to even step out.”
O’Donnell, the KPIX 5 sports activities director, shot video of the chaotic scene when he walked by.
“There was a man on a stretcher and a annoyed, offended lady with a stick in her hand,” he mentioned.
“You bum! Why did you hit me?” Xie yelled in Chinese language to the person on the stretcher.
“This bum, he hit me,” she informed the assembled crowd as she raised the stick and sobbed. “He hit me — this bum!”
O’Donnell mentioned the lady appeared to need “extra of the man on the stretcher and the police had been holding her again.”
Police didn’t disclose a motive for the aggravated assault and it was unclear whether or not the sufferer’s race had something to do with the incident, which comes amid a spike in anti-Asian assaults within the US.
It additionally occurred a day after 21-year-old Robert Aaron Lengthy allegedly shot and killed eight individuals — together with six Asia ladies — at three Atlanta-area spas.
San Francisco police mentioned an 83-year-old Asian man additionally was a sufferer Wednesday morning and that an unidentified 39-year-old was being investigated for each assaults, KPIX 5 reported.
Officers mentioned they’re working to decide if bias was an element. Police didn’t specify if the person seen within the video was the suspect underneath investigation.
“We’ve to do our job and we now have to examine these instances with all sources introduced to bear and we’d like to make arrests, and we’ve carried out that,” San Francisco Police Chief Invoice Scott mentioned in a press briefing.
Scott and Mayor London Breed additionally addressed different assaults within the metropolis.
“We’d like to perceive, not solely what goes on, however why these assaults happen, as a result of in some instances they didn’t embody any theft or theft,” Breed mentioned.
In accordance to a latest examine from the Middle of Hate and Extremism at California State College, in 16 of the most important cities within the US, hate crimes in opposition to Asian People jumped practically 150 % in 2020 — at the same time as hate crimes total declined.
The group Cease AAPI Hate mentioned that previously yr there have been practically 4,000 hate incidents in opposition to Asians nationwide.
State Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) mentioned 1,600 of these assaults had been in California, in accordance to KPIX.