A San Francisco woman, who was dragged by a getaway car after being robbed in broad daylight, tells her attackers to “Know that you’re loved.”
The woman, who was only identified as Clarisse, was walking home with a friend from church on Sunday, according to ABC 7 News.
Witnesses claim that three unidentified suspects approached Clarisse at the intersection of Polk and Bush Streets, and one of the suspects tried to take her handbag.
Clarisse refused to let them steal from her, and as a result, she was punched in the face three times. As her attackers attempted to escape, she hung on to their getaway car and was dragged down the street. She eventually let go and was helped by nearby witnesses.
In addition to several cuts and scrapes, she has bruises on her right arm and near her right eye.
Despite her injuries, Clarisse only has words of kindness to say to her attackers: “Know that you’re loved, know people are there to help you. I know it’s hard now but we need to get back and have people in work and school so they are predictively occupied and don’t feel like they need to do things.”
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“Kids, I forgive you…I really hope and pray you guys will get what you need out of life but not in a way that’s criminal.”
Authorities are investigating the assault, and it has yet to be determined whether or not it was a hate crime.
This incident is one of the many recent attacks that have left Asians across the country either injured or dead. On Saturday, a 58-year-old man in Keller, Texas was killed after a hit-and-run, and a 68-year-old man was left in critical condition after being attacked on the subway in New York.
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