Police said a San Francisco man was arrested Tuesday and allegedly stabbed two Asian women in broad daylight.
According to Robert Rueca, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, the 55-year-old man was suspected of assaulting the women in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon before escaping the scene. He was found and arrested Tuesday night, about a mile from the scene. Luca said the complaints are still pending and the motive for the murder is under investigation.
The names of the suspects and victims have yet to be announced. Patricia Lee, a San Francisco resident who worked at a nearby flower shop, said she saw a man with a knife approaching a woman at a bus stop. She said the blade was “large” and appeared to be a military knife.
In an interview Tuesday, Li told San Francisco ABC radio KGO: “He turned around and saw only feathers falling from her coat, so I’m pretty sure she got to cut it in thin slices.”
Li said that after stabbing what she said was an older woman, the man “left like nothing even happened.”
The incident occurred in the area represented by Matt Haney, a member of the San Francisco Oversight Committee, who took to Twitter to denounce the attack as “disgusting and terrifying.” Hanni said the two women were hospitalized due to injuries and were in a “stable” condition as of Tuesday night. One of the 85-year-olds needed surgery. Hanni said she is extending a helping hand to the victims and their families.
Haney told KGO in an interview Tuesday: “This is what is happening to Asians in our community.” “This is a pattern.”
Tuesday’s attack was the latest in a series of acts of violence against Asian Americans in cities across the country. The coronavirus pandemic and its suspected origin in Wuhan, China, reportedly sparked more than a year of violent attacks on Asian discrimination in the United States.
From March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021, there were more than 3,795 incidents of hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, including verbal harassment and personal assault. These incidents were reportedly carried out by the non-profit organization Stop Hate AAPI. To keep track of these incidents.