Thai Woman Punched and Robbed on Her Way to Work in SF Chinatown

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated from its original version to include a GoFundMe to help with Mantakarn Seenin’s medical bills.

A Thai woman was punched and robbed in San Francisco on Tuesday morning.

What happened: The victim, identified as Mantakarn, was heading to work at a restaurant in Chinatown when someone attacked her for her phone.

  • The incident reportedly occurred on a train between the 16th St. and Civic Center stations of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
  • The attacker allegedly said, “Give me your phone, b*tch!”
  • Mantakarn was punched in the face and then robbed of her device.
  • Two bystanders reportedly helped her after the incident.

About the victim: Mantakarn, who works at two different restaurants, was described as a very hard worker, according to ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim.

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  • She is aware of the rise in anti-Asian violence and even “tries to look like a boy” to deter possible attackers.
  • In an update, Lim said the daughter of Vicha Ratanapakdee — the 84-year-old Thai man shoved to his death earlier this year — has expressed intent to help Mantakarn.
  • A GoFundMe to help Mantakarn pay for medical expenses has been created with a goal of $6,000.

The suspect remains at large and BART is reportedly looking at surveillance cameras for more information.

Featured Images via Dion Lim

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