The images, captured from security cameras near the crime scene where two seniors were attacked on July 15, were recently obtained by ABC7 News.
One of the victims was Chang Hwang who was crossing the street at Stockton near Pacific before the attack.
Just moments before Hwang was assaulted, the three suspects were captured by the security camera as they were about to cross the street.
“The three do appear to be talking and walking quickly with some purpose as if they have a destination or something in mind,” police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychek was quoted as saying.
A witness captured a photo on his cellphone showing the first victim, a Chinatown community leader, lying unconscious on the road after he was attacked by the same group. The men reportedly stole the victim’s gold Rolex watch.
In another image, the elderly man is shown sitting by the roadside as he waited for an ambulance.
Security cameras also captured how the second victim was punched and knocked to the ground after attempting to rescue his friend.
According to the local authorities, the security stills and video should be able to help identify the assailants.
“We have the surveillance video and still videos, quite good of the three suspects,” Andraychek noted.
They are currently appealing to the public for help as they are still unable to identify and locate any of the suspects.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association announced that it is offering a $20,000 reward for any relevant information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the latest attack.
A recent spate of brazen assaults and car robberies have caused many Chinatown residents and shop owners to believe they’re being targeted in the community.
San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar, who has suggested to release demographic data on crime in the Chinese Community, apparently recognizes the sentiment.
“For years, the Chinese Community has been complaining that they’ve been disproportionately targeted for robberies, assaults in their homes, businesses and on the street,” he noted.
The attack on Hwang and his friend is now the eighth attack in the community in the past year. A violent incident also occurred in January, in which 89-year-old great grandmother Yik Oi Huang was viciously attacked at a park
in Visitacion Valley, San Francisco, California.
Featured image via San Francisco police (ABC News