Second Suspect Arrested in Attack on Elderly Chinese Man Collecting Cans in SF

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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.


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⚠️PLEASE NOTE⚠️- The text displayed in the video is inaccurate and posted before the men in uniform were confirmed. The men in uniform are employees of a full service armed security company called ‘Critical Intervention Patrol’. They provide private security services for the bayview/hunters point area of SF. @criticalinterventionpatrol @criticalintvnpatrol1 . . People were confusing the men in uniform as SFPD but they’re security for the area and was around when the incident occurred… We aren’t sure why they let the man or group of black males that harassed, humiliated and attacked the helpless Asian man with a weapon walk away with his cans though. . . They should have called the cops to step in. Lots of questions are being raised at the moment. 🤔 . This elderly Asian man is out here trying to do what he can to survive and they just kicked him away like that. Stand by to hear more on this story… . . It’s just still shocking that these black males are going around screaming they hate Asians on social media. We are out here trying to push diversity forward and they’re just bringing us 10 steps back. 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️ Right now, we all just want to help the man that suffered from this incident. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 . . . #bayarea #sanfrancisco #bayareafoodz @bayareafoodz #asiansneverdie

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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.

Dwayne Grayson. Image via San Francisco Police Department

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.


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From @sfpdofficial. We have been told that the booking photo will be available tomorrow. ⚠️ SECOND ARREST MADE⚠️ • The second suspect wanted in connection with the February 22, 2020 robbery of a recycler in the Bayview District has been arrested. • Fifty-Six year-old Jonathan Amerson of San Francisco surrendered himself at Bayview Police Station at approximately 11:30AM on March 1, 2020. Amerson was booked on the charges of robbery (2 counts), and elder abuse (2 counts). The second set of charges stem from a prior incident approximately two months ago in which Amerson reportedly robbed the same victims of his recycling materials in the same area. Amerson’s booking photo will be available March 2nd. • #sf #sfpd #sanfrancisco #bayarea #california

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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.

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