Moment Good Samaritan is beaten with a gun and tries to prevent an elderly Asian man from being robbed
Video captured the moment an Asian man was beaten with a gun and robbed by two brutal criminals in Oakland in broad daylight.
The attack took place in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood on Thursday. Surveillance videos showed the thieves knocking the older man to the ground before turning their attention to a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene and also shot him with the gun.
The man, whose name has not been publicly disclosed, was standing on a street corner when approached by the thieves, one of whom was armed with a handgun.
They then pushed the victim to the ground while trying to take his watch as the man’s walking stick falls right next to him.
The bystander, who has also not been publicly named, passed his bike as he jumped in to help, but was beaten with a gun himself before falling to the ground as the other robber continues to fight over the downed Asian man’s belongings.
The extent of their injuries was not immediately disclosed.
Disturbing video emerged Thursday of an elderly Asian man being beaten and robbed by some thugs in San Francisco
While attacking the man, one of the attackers turned his attention to a Good Samaritan, hit him with his pistol and tried to intervene
Another attack took place on Friday at the same location when an elderly Asian woman was beaten and robbed.
The victim of the second attack, Aiwon Woo, said: KPIX in Cantonese that the robbers hit her and her daughter on the head until they both fell to the ground, where the robbers took it and then proceeded to steal Woo’s wallet.
Crime in the neighboring cities of San Francisco and Oakland has remained an ongoing problem over the years, with San Francisco seeing gun crimes increase in 2021, more than double the number of last year.
“We’re trying to get a handle on this matter,” San Francisco Police Chief William “Bill” Scott said of gun violence in the city. KRON 4.
“We are discussing this with ATF and federal partners in hopes of continuing to confiscate these weapons so that they do not end up in the hands of people who cause gun violence,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities have seen a ‘disturbing’ increase in break-ins compared to last year, but post-lockdown numbers have fallen slightly since then. Car thefts and aggravated assaults have also risen slightly since this month.
The only crimes that have not increased so far this year are rapes, thefts and robberies.
The increase in crime comes as San Francisco and the entire country continue to see an increase in hate crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
according to recent reports by the California Attorney General released earlier this month, hate crimes against Asians in California more than doubled last year, just as the pandemic began to reach critical levels worldwide.
With just 43 anti-Asian hate crimes reported in 2019, the number of anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 107 percent in 2020, with 89 such reports being filed with the police.
The report also reveals that the most common form of anti-Asian hate crimes reported to authorities was violent crime, with 72 reported in 2020 compared to just 32 the year before.
Another hate crime occurred the next day at the same location, in which Aiwon Woo (pictured) and her daughter were beaten and their wallets robbed
Woo was in Harrison and 9th Streets, where the other incident happened the day before, while a KPIX-TV reporter was on the scene to investigate Thursday’s attack.
Thursday’s attackers are still at large, according to authorities
In March, an elderly Asian-American woman was praised for fighting back against her assailants in a hate crime in nearby San Francisco, receiving $1 million in donations from a GoFundMe and donating all funds to the city to help fight racism, according to a Mail Online report.
The 76-year-old grandmother got two blue eyes in that attack.
That same month, a 75-year-old Asian man died after being assaulted and robbed in Oakland.
And last month, a 94-year-old Asian woman was stabbed multiple times in an unprovoked attack in San Francisco, the Mail Online reported in June.
The troubling trend is part of an overall 31 percent increase in hate-based crime across the state, the state’s attorney general reports.
A bystander turned into a Good Samaritan when he tried to help an elderly Asian man who was attacked and robbed before one of the attackers turned their violence against him
Meanwhile, victims of Thursday’s attack describe the two men as in their twenties according to a… statement released by The City of Oakland.
The first suspect, who was armed with a black pistol with an extended magazine, weighs between 180 and 200 pounds and was wearing a black hoodie, red shirt, black pants and black shoes at the time of the attack.
Police describe the second man as weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a white hoodie, white pants and black shoes during Thursday’s attack, while a third person was in a nearby vehicle.
The investigation into both incidents is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the investigators at (510) 238-3326.