New images showing clear closeups of the three suspects involved in a series of violent assaults in San Francisco’s Chinatown from mid-July have now surfaced.
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.
The man on the right & his friend were beaten by four men in Chinatown last week. This is the 8th violent crime in the Chinese community this year. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that can lead to arrests. @abc7newsbayarea 5/6 pic.twitter.com/MVLoUXfx2v
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 22, 2019
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.
There were tears, shouting and lots of emotion at today’s Chinatown community meeting. After 2 seniors were beaten and robbed last week citizens say enough is enough. https://t.co/iiSuUJEGio pic.twitter.com/yQxzxnIva6
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 23, 2019
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.
She sustained injuries such as a broken spine, hand, ribs, and a shattered face. The grandmother, whose condition has reportedly been in decline since the attack, is now residing at an assisted care facility.
Featured image via San Francisco police (ABC News)