Second Suspect Arrested in Attack on Elderly Chinese Man Collecting Cans in SF
By Carl Samson
March 2, 2020
San Francisco police arrested a second suspect in connection with the attack on an elderly Chinese man collecting cans in the Bayview neighborhood on Feb. 22.
The suspect, identified as Jonathan Amerson, 56, turned himself in at Bayview Police Station around 11:30 a.m. on March 1.
Amerson was booked on multiple charges, namely two counts of robbery and two counts of elder abuse, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) said.
The second set of charges stem from another incident approximately two months ago, in which the 56-year-old reportedly robbed the same victim of his recycling materials in the same area.
A now-viral video of the incident shows the elderly Chinese man being attacked and humiliated in broad daylight — and right in the presence of security guards.
The victim, 68, is originally from Kaiping, China and currently lives with his wife, who works in home health care.
On Feb. 27, the first suspect, Dwayne Grayson, was arrested from his home on the 100 block of Kirkwood Avenue.
His arrest was announced after a Community Unity and Healing rally on Osceola Lane, the same street where the attack had occurred.
As people called for ways to support the elderly man, the nonprofit Community Youth Center (CYC) set up a GoFundMe page for donations.
The funds, which are currently at $37,940 — above the $20,000 goal — will be used to help the victim’s family with rent, utilities and other bills.
Instagram users commented on Amerson’s arrest:
“Justice is getting served!”
“[This] made me restore faith in humanity.”
“Fifty-six years old and he’s acting like that…”
“That’s good for them! You reap what you sow!”
“The second time?! Damn well I’m glad this time it was caught on camera. Can’t escape karma. Don’t f*** with us Asians. You may be able to gang up an take advantage of an elderly person who is by themselves, but once the community finds out, you’re done.”
The case remains an open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD line at 1-415-575-4444. Tips may also be texted to TIP411 beginning the message with SFPD.
Feature Images via SFPD
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