Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu are putting up $25,000 for any information leading to the arrest of an assailant who violently shoved an Asian senior in Oakland’s Chinatown. The shove which sent the 91-year-old senior crashing into the ground head first was caught on surveillance video which went viral on social media.
According to CBS San Francisco, the attack occurred on Sunday around 12:10 pm in the 800 block of Harrison Street just outside the Asian Resource Center. The suspect is also accused of pushing a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman after he pushed the 91-year-old.
“The suspect then approached a 60-year-old man and 55-year-old woman from behind that were also walking in the 800 block of Harrison Street,” police said. “The suspect pushed both victims to the ground, resulting in the woman losing consciousness. The man also suffered injury. Both victims were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.”
Residents in the area are on high alert as there has been a rise in crimes against Asians and especially Asian seniors. Kathy Duong told CBS News, that her mother was robbed outside Dai Thanh supermarket in downtown San Jose.
“We’re seeing countless elders in the Asian American community being targeted, attacked and robbed throughout the Bay Area,” she said.
The latest incident comes after a 84-year-old Thai man named Vicha Ratanapakdee was killed after he was violently shoved by an assailant while on his morning walk in the Anza Vista neighborhood in Oakland. Police arrested 19-year-old Antoine Watson and charged him with murder and elder abuse. Watson has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
After countless robberies and attacks in Oakland’s Chinatown, residents are demanding more surveillance cameras and police presence.
The president of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Carl Chan said the neighborhood is under attack. He said he has counted more than 20 incidents of robberies and attacks in the neighborhood in recent weeks.
Residents in the area, especially elders expressed they were fearful to leave their homes. So younger Oakland residents are stepping up to help the elders feel safe in their own neighborhoods. Jacob Azevedo said he will start accompanying elders and also started a Gofundme to buy personal alarms to hand to the elders.
There has been a disturbing rise in completely unnecessary and senseless crimes against in the Asian community across the bay area, but specifically here in Oakland’s Chinatown, there has been a sharp rise in these violent and unprovoked attacks,” Azevedo said. “After seeing video after video surface over the last few months, I have decided that I could no longer sit and do nothing. I am currently organizing efforts to accompany anyone in who does not want to walk, shop, wait for their bus alone, etc.
Police said they are looking ino the cases and said they will allocate “resources” to the area but didn’t specify what those “resources” were.
UPDATE – 2/7/2021 – The police said they have a person of interest in connection to the crime in custody. He has been in custody since February 1st on unrelated charges.