Caught on camera: UPS driver brutally attacked by would-be package thief in police-defunded San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A UPS driver in San Francisco was the victim was severe beating doled out by a would-be package thief earlier in June, which the attack was caught on camera.

The victim of the beating recently spoke out about the attack in an effort to help raise awareness to the issues impacting the community. 

The incident happened on June 3rd at approximately 2:00 p.m. when the UPS driver, identified only as Minh, was confronted by a man attempting to make off with one of his packages near Gough and Market streets. 

When Minh told the assailant to give him back the package, that’s when the attack that was partially caught on video took place. 

Minh described the moments when he fell victim to the attacker’s strikes: 

“They start to hit me in my face, and they hitting me in my teeth, I lost two teeth here. They hit in my back, and I fell down, and the wheel in the front they run over my feet.”

As seen in the video, Minh was beaten in the middle of the street by the attacker, who wound up not taking any packages when fleeing the area. 

As a driver of a truck pulled up to where Minh was being attacked, the victim mistook the driver as someone who might be able to help him, however, it turned out to be the assailant’s getaway driver. 

While trying to make his way into the getaway vehicle, the attacker can be seen stumbling and then falling out of the passenger side of the truck – but he eventually did make his way back into the vehicle. 

Minh’s daughter Tiffany said all her father was doing was trying to perform his job to the “”fullest” extent, saying that while her father didn’t have to try to stop the thief – the assailant didn’t have to launch an attack on her father either: 

“Right now, especially Asian delivery drivers putting their life out on the life for a job and my dad was just trying to do his job like to the extent to the fullest.”

“So he didn’t have to run after that man, but that man had to use violent forces against him which was uncalled for.”

Tiffany also added that she’s at least glad that there was some degree of instant karma following the attack on her father: 

“We’re just glad that karma struck him fast when he couldn’t even get into his car. We just hope that he learns from this, that he learns this is not right.”

Minh has since had his two front teeth replaced that were knocked out in the attack, but is still walking with a single crutch.

Being the sole provider for a family of five, Minh daughter created a GoFundMe to help ease the financial strains while her father is out of work. 

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Attacks launched against Asian-Americans have been a growing concern nationally, which we at Law Enforcement Today have been reporting on many of these disturbing crimes. 

Back in May, we reported on an incident that also occurred in California where an elderly Asian man was the victim of a group beating launched by teens. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SAN LEANDRO, CA – According to San Leandro Police, attacks toward Asian Americans have spiked nearly 300 percent since 2020 and now a video of a recent assault and robbery of an 80-year-old Asian man is prompting residents in one neighborhood to speak out. 

The surveillance video shows the elderly man get knocked to the ground by two teens and the sound of calls for help and high-pitched giggles from another teen, presumed to be in the getaway car nearby.

Authorities said that the suspects involved are as young as 16-years-old. The man who recorded the video from his home and who only wants to be referred to as “Marcos” out of safety precautions, said:

“It’s crazy to see kids that age doing that kind of stuff going down that road already.”

Unfortunately, San Leandro is no stranger to attacks on Asian Americans. From a woman placing hate-filled letters on residents’ doors demanding Asians leave the country immediately back in May 2020 to a brazen daytime robbery outside a Bank of America where an older Asian man was knocked to the ground and unable to get up, crimes against Asians are drastically on the rise in this area. 

Lt. Ali Kahn of San Leandro Police said that they were shocked when the chief received the results of a victim demographic study.

Kahn said:

“We were equally as shocked. From 2019 to 2020 we saw an almost 300 percent increase in crimes towards our Asian and Pacific Islander community members.”

Even though police cannot say for certain how many incidents are hate crimes or were motivated, Lt. Kahn reiterated that the numbers do not lie.

In response to these horrific statistics, the department has boosted patrol numbers and is working with the DA on finding solutions to the challenges of dealing with minors who are released only to re-offend.

Lt. Kahn recalled a recent string of incidents several weeks ago were a rash of carjackings and burglaries were committed by juveniles, which brought up a number of questions on how to solve the problem, one of them being:

“Other than putting juveniles in hail what other avenues can we have to maybe divert some of the things that are happening?”

The man who captured this latest attack on his family’s security camera said that he only wants one thing for those who try to disrupt his otherwise quiet community:

“More consequences because it seems to be ongoing. It’s really the best thing that can happen so they can learn.”

Authorities said that the 80-year-old victim from this recent attack was robbed of a watch and sustained minor injuries. He believes the crime was hate-motivated. During the assault, the victim called out for help and then the suspects took off.

However, police said that a similar vehicle was seen in a strong-armed robbery in San Leandro less than two hours later. The victim in that incident is described as a younger woman who was robbed of her purse.

Another video captured by KGO just a week prior to this incident showed the random stabbing of two elderly Asian women in San Francisco, including one who was attacked so brutally that the blade broke off in her body.

Witness Jenny Shao, told local outlet KPIX:

“The assailant walked up to their victim stabbed them and very casually walked away in broad daylight.”

Police later arrested 54-year-old Patrick Thompson for the brutal crime. He has been charged with attempted murder. The victims, ages 65 and 85, were treated for their wounds at a nearby hospital. 

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