The Asian man, 84, who was kicked out of his seated walker last year, says he’s scared to go outside
Asian man, 84, who was kicked out of seated walker in an unprovoked attack in San Francisco last year, says he now fears going out amid a wave of hate crimes
- Rong Xin Liao, 74, was waiting for a bus in San Francisco in February 2020 when the man ran to him and knocked him to the ground with a kick
- Eric Ramos-Hernandez, 23, was arrested and charged in connection with an assault
- Liao needed six stitches to close a wound on his head and spent four nights in the hospital
- Liao says he fears going out amid a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes
An 84-year-old Asian man was waiting on his walker for a bus in San Francisco last year when, seemingly out of nowhere, a stranger ran up to him and viciously kicked him to the ground.
The unprovoked attack was videotaped and left the victim, Rong Xin Liao, with a scar on his head.
Now, more than a year later, Liao says she fears stepping outside his home amid a wave of violent hate crimes and harassment against Asian-Americans in the US since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rong Xin Liao, 74, was waiting for a bus in San Francisco in February 2020 when a man ran to him and knocked him to the ground with a kick
Surveillance video captured the shocking attack that took place on February 20, 2020 in the Tenderloin district
The suspect, 23-year-old Eric Ramos-Hernandez, ran away after the attack, leaving Liao unconscious and bleeding to the ground. The suspect was later arrested
“There is crime in San Francisco every day,” Liao said KGO-TV through a translator. ‘Old people have to be careful’.
Liao’s ordeal began on the morning of February 20, 2020, as he waited for the 31 Balboa bus near the intersection of Eddy and Leavenworth Streets in the Tenderloin district.
Surveillance video from across the street shows the senior sitting in his walker when a man later identified as 23-year-old Eric Ramos-Hernandez runs up to him, kicks him to the floor and flees.
Liao needed six stitches to close a wound on his head and spent four nights in the hospital
Liao said he lost consciousness, suffered a head injury that required six stitches and spent four nights in the hospital.
“I didn’t hurt him,” the man said of his attacker.
Ramos-Hernandez was eventually arrested and his criminal case is still winding through the courts. His next hearing is scheduled for April 14.
Liao, who lives in a residential care facility, said he wanted to attend the hearing, but that will not be possible due to COVID restrictions.
No motive has been found behind the attack on Liao, who said he wants a severe punishment for Ramos-Hernandez.
San Francisco has emerged as one of the country’s hot spots of violence against Asian seniors.
Liao now says he fears going out amid a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes
Earlier this month, a 70-year-old Asian woman was attacked by a white man in her 30s, but she was able to fend him off with a wooden stick, ending her attacker in hospital.
In New York City, an elderly Sri Lankan man was punched in the face and a 25-year-old Asian woman was peed in two separate incidents that took place on the subway just days apart.