Investigators in San Francisco are investigating at least three separate attacks on Asian American women in one week.
One of the attacks happened in broad daylight on Friday in San Francisco’s busy North Beach. Witnesses chased down the suspect and police arrested him just a block from the attack, reports NBC Bay Area.
Police say the suspect had a knife and that witnesses identified him.
One witness, Libby Staub, said she wondered if the man targeted the young woman because she’s Asian.
“She fell down, and he said something like ‘See, how you like it?’ “Everybody was chasing the guy, because he was running – ” said Staub.
Everyone except the victim who disappeared. Police would like to speak with her. Staub would like to tell her the suspect is in custody and hopes the victim is OK.
“Attacks like this just show that it’s still happening and awareness – like what you’re doing with this interview is important,” said San Francisco Chinatown Asian Business Representative Forrest Liu to NBC Bay Area.
Earlier this week a sedan sped toward her and her boyfriend in the city’s Portola District. A man jumped out and grabbed her Louis Vuitton bag.
“It was two guys coming at me, both with guns,” said Lisa to ABC7. The men fired and she says one of the bullets grazed her boyfriend’s chest. She somehow managed to hang on to her handbag and the men sped away in their vehicle.
Just a few days earlier, a car stopped in front of a 66-year-old Asian woman while she walked to her bus stop.
“The car just stop in front of me and I said ‘WAH!’ and he jump out of the car.,” said the victim who asked not to be named.
Police told ABC7 the man knocked her to the ground and grabbed her purse and cell phone.
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