San Francisco police arrested two suspects who allegedly took part in an assault that led to the death of an 84-year-old Asian man. According to KTVU, 19-year-old Antoine Watson from Daly City and 20-year-old Maylasia Goo were arrested in connection to the deadly attack. Police did not release the name of the victim but described him as an Asian male.
On January 28th around 8:30 pm, investigators said Watson allegedly ran up to the elderly victim and shoved him in the Anza Vista neighborhood. The victim fell to the ground causing him to hit the sidewalk. The assailant then got into a car driven by a woman and fled the scene.
The police arrived at Anzavista and Fortuna avenue where the victim was found lying on the ground. He was rushed to the hospital but died two days later from the injuries he sustained.
On Saturday, January 30th, police served a search warrant at Antoine Watson’s home in Daly City. They arrested him and booked him on suspicion of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and elderly abuse.
Police also arrested Maylasia Goo at the home on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact.
Update – 2/2/20 – The victim has been identified as Vicha Ratanapakdee from Thailand. His family believes Vicha was targeted because he was an Asian senior, reports KTVU. A Gofundme has been set up to help the family pay for Vicha’s funeral.
Vicha’s family described him as a “nearly blind, gentle person beloved by his family,” according to the Gofundme.
San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin told KTVU that he vowed to hold the assailant responsible.
“I send my deepest condolences to the Ratanapakdee family for their loss,” Boudin said. “This was a brutal, random, unprovoked attack. My heart is also with the entire AAPI community for the pain they’re experiencing as a result of this tragedy and too many others over the past year. We will hold the person who committed this senseless violence accountable.”