A 65-year-old Filipino man was assaulted and carjacked at gunpoint on Thursday afternoon outside a Food Maxx grocery store in Oakland, California, reports NBC Bay Area News. The suspect allegedly hit the victim in the back of his head with a gun and made racist statements, according to the victim’s niece Sara Guillermo.
“While they were trying to steal his car, they thought he was Chinese, so they were talking about COVID and being an Asian American in America,” Sara said. “…He was hit over the head with a gun and he was trying to stop him from taking his car. So, he put his body to get in the way of getting inside the vehicle and the person took off with his car and dragged his body in the parking lot.”
The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Highland Hospital. He works as a Lyft driver so his car is his livelihood.
“His car is his only source of income and without it, he won’t be able to do Uber,” the victim’s daughter told Asianfeed. “We’re hoping we can recover his car but there’s been no update at this point.”
The stolen car is a Toyota Corolla with California license plates “8GMA097.”