A Chinese father was brutally beaten and “left for dead” near Chinatown in Chicago.
Police said Jin Yut Lew, 61, was found “incoherent and bleeding from the head” by street cleaners on a sidewalk near the Dan Ryan Expressway on the morning of April 7.
The cleaners immediately called an ambulance and reported the incident to the police.
Lew was scheduled to meet a friend last Thursday before he was carjacked, robbed and repeatedly struck on his head and face with a blunt object.
Lew’s family did not know about the attack and filed a missing persons report 24 hours after they last saw him.
They found Lew hospitalized in critical condition at Stroger Hospital on April 8. He was diagnosed with severe brain trauma and is currently in a coma after undergoing brain surgeries. His injuries may result in permanent brain damage.
“In Chicago especially, the Chinese community has been living in fear of carjacking crimes but this is getting out of hand. Taking personal property is one thing, now they are being progressively more violent toward victims,” Lew’s family told the Chicago Journal. “This needs to stop. City leaders need to do something about it and find and punish those responsible.”
Lew’s sons set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $50,000 to help fund his medical bills and recovery.
Lew immigrated to the U.S. from China in the early 80s and has worked as a chef in restaurants, according to his sons.
“As a father, he provided all he could to ensure my brother and I got a good education,” one of Lew’s sons wrote on GoFundMe. “In the Chinese restaurant community, he was a well respected head chef who over 40 years gave many new immigrants their first starts and trained them in his kitchen. Many of these colleagues went on to be restaurant leaders across Chicago.”
“With this injury, his work in the kitchen will likely be over,” the description continued. “The road to recovery will be long and we are asking for help to assist with the medical bills, physical therapy, and home care that this tragic incident will incur.”
Investigation into the assault and carjacking is ongoing. No arrests have been made, as of this writing.