SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The father of a one-year-old child recently spoke out about the harrowing moments he was attacked while outside of a grocery store in San Francisco while with his child sitting inside of a stroller.
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This father, who only wanted to be referred to as “Bruce” while speaking with a local ABC outlet, noted that the experience has “shattered” his feeling of safety within his community:
“My sense of security has been shattered.”
The incident reportedly a Kurd while Bruce was waiting to cross the street in the Mission Bay neighborhood with his child sitting in a stroller. Seemingly out of nowhere, Bruce was attacked by a male assailant, reportedly getting knocked on the ground and met with a barrage of punches:
“I was right on the ground and in that exact second I was trying to shield my head and prevent any worse injuries.
“I couldn’t protect my child. I was on the floor and he was in a stroller that was slowly rolling away, so it’s definitely very scary as a parent.”
In light of the incident, community leaders have been highlighting the need to address methods to promote safer streets in the greater San Francisco area in order for businesses to flourish again in a post-pandemic world.
When Bruce was asked if he believed that the incident may have been racially motivated, the father noted that the notion did cross his mind due to the unprovoked nature of the attack and also the increase of attacks lodged against Asian Americans.
Business owners who are near to where the incident occurred were shocked by the particular assault against Bruce, one of which was local restaurant owner Nani Tsegaye.
Tsegaye’s restaurant located in the Mission Bay area, Tadu Ethiopian, has been broken into and burgled on more occasions than her other restaurant location in Tenderloin. According to Tsegaye, she coined that disparity as being a price of merely doing business in San Francisco:
“It was a heartbreaking experience… We just expect something to happen now more than we expected before.”
Fillmore Merchant’s Association director, Vas Kirinis, says that the safety concerns in the San Francisco area need to be addressed by officials and remedied if the city wants to keep and attract other business owners:
“The city needs to demonstrate that we are safe and clean and fun to be in again. Safety is of the utmost importance for us running out businesses, so we really need to address this.”
With respect to the suspect arrested in Brice’s assault, identified as Sidney Hammond, he was reportedly arrested one month prior to the alleged attack for theft and assault that occurred at the same location as the incident where Brice was attacked.
The district attorney’s office reportedly stated that Hammond is facing multiple felonies and misdemeanor charges as of this writing.
When Bruce was asked what he’d like to see done with his alleged attacker, he stated:
“That my attacker can be somewhere where he can’t harm anyone else or if he needs help he can get the help he needs.”
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Back in April, Law Enforcement Today reported on an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of an Asian woman that was reportedly perpetrated by an Asian man.
What makes the case so intriguing, is that authorities say that the suspect committed the crime because he allegedly believed the victim was white and that his motive was to attack a white women due to the increase in crimes against Asians.
Here’s that previous report.
IRVINE, CA — Attacks on Asian-American’s have become increasingly more common as Law Enforcement Today has continued to report.
One Asian-American man was fed up with the “anti-Asian” rhetoric that the media keeps portraying in this country, and set out to take revenge on a white person. The only problem is, the “white” woman the man thought he was attacking, is actually Asian herself.
37-year-old Michael Sangbong Rhee of Lake Forest is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an Asian woman he believed was white, authorities said. The attack was an apparent retaliation for the rise in hate crimes against Asians, police said.
According to the Irvine Police Department, around 1:30 p.m. an Asian woman was sitting in her car near her apartment on Thursday, April 8th, in the area of Harvard Avenue and Coronado Street. The woman looked up and saw Rhee standing at her driver’s side door pointing a handgun at her, according to reports.
KCBS reported that according to a criminal complaint, Rhee allegedly told the woman that if she wanted to live, she would have to get into the back of her vehicle.
The woman allegedly offered Rhee her wallet and cash, but police said the man replied he would “do that later,” before pushing her into the back seat, KTLA reported.
The Irvine Police Department said in its Facebook post:
“The victim believed she was going to be sexually assaulted or killed and began to look for an opportunity to escape,”
The post went on to say:
“As she struggled with Rhee, he committed a sexual battery against her. The victim yelled to a maintenance worker nearby that Rhee had a gun. Rhee then exited the vehicle, ran through the apartment community, and got into his vehicle.”
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Luckily, nearby surveillance cameras captured Rhee’s license plate as he was leaving the complex.
Sgt. Karie Davies told the Register that Irvine officers went to Rhee’s residence, and were able to successfully detain him.
According to Davies, detectives obtained a search warrant and recovered several items from Rhee’s home. Among the items was a BB gun similar to the weapon described by the woman. Additionally, detectives found a vehicle that linked him to the alleged assault.
Rhee was arrested and charged with kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual assault. He is being held at Orange County Jail on $1 million bail.
The woman Rhee is accused of assaulting was of Asian descent, but detectives said they believe he targeted her because he thought she was white “based on the totality of the investigation and statements made by Rhee,” KTLA reported.
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