77 year old oakland man attacked

77-year-old punched in the face in Oakland, CA

A 77-year-old Asian man was punched in the face by an assailant on Tuesday morning around 8:30 am in Chinatown in Oakland, California. According to ABC 7 News reporter Dion Lim, the elder was coming back home from eating breakfast when he was attacked near 7th and Broadway. According to the Asian elder’s son, Patrick, his father said “good morning” to the suspect when the suspect approached him. The suspect responded, “you gotta calm down” and all of a “sudden punched him in the face” then walked away without taking anything.

Patrick, told his father to stay away from Chinatown and don’t go out due to the rise in anti-Asian crimes but he didn’t realize incidents like this would happen in the morning.

“I told him specifically … things are happening in Chinatown, after 4pm don’t go out .. but didn’t realize in the morning,” Patrick told Lim.

The victim has pain in his jaw and a swollen face and neck.

The son chose to come forward because he wants the suspect caught and for Asian Americans to speak out when attacked.

Update – 3/18/21 – Police said they arrested a suspect in connection to the crime on Wednesday, reports CBS News San Francisco. Police identified the suspect as 39-year-old John Lawrence. The suspect has been charged with elder abuse and more charges should be added according to the district attorney. He had a warrant out for other physical assaults.

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