UPDATE: Elderly Korean Man Attacked While Waiting for Bus, Suspect Fled on Foot


A 62-year-old Korean man was left bloodied after he was pushed from behind and hit the pavement while waiting for a bus in Rialto, California on Monday morning.

Rialto Police Captain Anthony Vega told NextShark over the phone that the attack occurred on Spruce Avenue and Foothill Boulevard at around 6:30 a.m. PST.

“He was shoved from behind, hits the ground, looks up and sees what he described as a Black male with a black hooded sweater or jacket with white pants running westbound,” Vega said.

The victim was brought to the Rialto police station by his step-granddaughter who reported the incident at 9:28 a.m. PST on the same day of the attack.

The incident was initially shared by the elderly man‘s step-granddaughter who shared a photo of her grandfather’s wounded face on her Twitter account.

“My grandpa was just beat on the bus because he’s Korean bc they didn’t want ‘the Chinese virus’ Trump started calling it the Chinese virus and everyone started going after Asians,” she tweeted. “Until you’re beaten because of your skin color you don’t have a say.”

On Tuesday morning, the step-granddaughter described the victim as getting on the bus and struck down by the suspect.

However, at 1:20 p.m. PST on Tuesday, the victim returned to the station to be interviewed by police and his brother was with him to translate in English what transpired during the incident.

“There was never a bus involved. The victim never got on a bus. The brother said he was knocked down,” Vega said.

It is unclear if the victim was taken to the hospital for his injuries but a follow-up tweet from his step-granddaughter said that he is safe and sound at home.

The original tweet has since been deleted but not before being retweeted by Asian celebrities such as Mia Kang and Tim Chantarangsu.

The step-granddaughter replied to Chantarangsu who has voiced his support for her and her grandfather.

@Sp00kyMeadow has made her Twitter public again, with a follow-up tweet saying the incident should not take away from the message of Black Lives Matter.

Feature Image via @Sp00kyMeadow

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to report that @Sp00kyMeadow has set her Twitter account back to public after it was private on Tuesday.

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