A 71-year-old Filipino man was stabbed outside a trolley station in El Cajon, California, ABC 10 San Diego reports.
The incident occurred last Wednesday around 5 a.m. Jose Serra got off at the Arnele Avenue trolley stop near a manufacturing facility. His friend Todd Jones had hired him to do some odd jobs.
A man followed Serra after he got off at the stop. Jones told ABC 10 that when Serra was about a block away from the facility, the man stabbed him several times with a foot-long knife.
Jones says that the attacker stabbed Serra in the hands, arms, head and stomach. He will have to have plastic surgery. His intestines are also damaged.
According to Jones, Serra has also been suffering other health issues. He now faces a long road to recovery. A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for medical expenses.
Earlier this year, an elderly Filipina woman was also attacked on a trolley in San Diego. APIAVote, an organization dedicated to mobilizing Asian American voters, released a statement condemning the recent uptick in violence against Filipino Americans in San Diego.
“As a Filipino American, I am absolutely appalled at the recent uptick in violence against Filipino Americans in San Diego,” Raymond Partolan, APIAVote’s National Field Director said in a statement. “We cannot tolerate these attacks. We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that the Filipino American community and all Asian American and Pacific Islander communities feel safe and secure in their homes, neighborhoods, towns, and cities.”
“We call on our elected officials at every level of government to address this threat or be held accountable at the ballot box as we educate our communities about the need to register to vote and turn out to vote.”
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