A 58-year-old Asian woman was attacked by a group of teenagers on a San Francisco Muni bus, reports NBC Bay Area News. A witness to the assault who wished to stay anonymous told NBC News that the victim ran from the back of the bus to the front and told the bus driver that the teens were bothering her and wanted them off the bus.
The teenagers got upset and started yelling at the woman and asked why she was snitching. Then two boys spat on her before three girls started attacking the victim.
“One of the girls started swinging at lady and the driver did his best, he was trying to protect the passenger, get in between them and that’s when two other girls started swinging as well,” the witness said.
The teenagers got off the bus and fled after the assault.
Police arrested two girls matching the description of the suspects. The two have been released to the custody of their parents.
The witness believes the attack was racially motivated.
“That bus line it runs through Japan Town and a lot of the riders are predominately Asian on that line,” the witness said. “I would hate to say so, but after seeing what’s been transpiring in the last few weeks. It does feel like it is racially motivated.”
Meanwhile, in Japantown in San Francisco, a 58-year-old Asian woman was robbed while picking up food after dropping her husband off for cancer treatment, reports ABC San Francisco News reporter Dion Lim. The suspects smashed her car window and stole her purse.