- An elderly Asian woman was shoved to the ground for no apparent reason in Oakland’s Chinatown, as seen in surveillance footage.
- Oakland police described the suspect as a 6-foot-tall man in his 30s with a skinny build.
- Oakland’s Chinatown has seen a surge in attacks against Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
An Asian woman in her 70s has become the latest victim of an unprovoked attack in Oakland’s Chinatown on Monday.
The victim, who has not been identified, was walking westbound on 9th Street toward Franklin Street when a man approached her from behind and shoved her, KPIX 5 reported.
Surveillance footage shows the victim falling to the sidewalk before a bystander arrives to help her, according to KTVU.
The attack reportedly left the victim with minor scrapes on her legs, while the suspect fled northbound on Franklin Street.
Oakland police described the suspect as a Black man, approximately 35 years old and around 6 feet tall with a slim build.
If apprehended, the suspect will possibly face charges of assault with force likely to cause bodily injury and elder abuse.
The incident follows a series of attacks against Asian Americans, particularly the elderly, in Oakland’s Chinatown since the onset of COVID-19.
Around the same time last year, more than 20 robberies and attacks swept the neighborhood, crippling businesses that were already struggling with financial losses amid the pandemic.
“We’re asking the victim and the family to come forward, and to report it to the police department ASAP,” said Carl Chan, president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, according to NBC Bay Area. Chan himself fell victim to an alleged anti-Asian attack last April. .
The investigation into Monday’s incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Oakland Police Department’s General Crimes Unit at (510) 238-3728.
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