Elderly Filipina hurt in unprovoked attack on a San Diego trolley
SAN DIEGO, California– A man attacked a Filipino woman for no reason at all on a San Diego, California trolley, Mon., Feb. 15.
Several witnesses helped the unidentified woman report the violent attack to the police, according to ABC 10News.
She was treated at a local hospital. It is unclear if any arrest has been made.
“My first reaction is angry and then I was just sad for her,” said JoAnn Fields, a community advocate and director of the Filipino Resource Center.
The unprovoked attack angered Filipino community advocate JoAnn Fields, who said she felt “sad for her.”
“The previous president calling the coronavirus the Chinese virus… that just amplified, I believe, hate toward our community,” Fields said.
Attacks on elderly Asian Americans have been caught on video in recent weeks.
An 84-year-old Thai national, Vicha Ratanapakdee, was walking in the San Francisco area when he was tackled by an unidentified assailant. Ratanapakdee’s head hit the pavement and he later died.
Days later, a 91-year-old Asian man was violently shoved to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown.
Last week, a 64-year-old woman was robbed outside a Vietnamese market in San Jose, California. And a 61-year-old Filipino, Noel Quintana, was slashed in the face last week on the New York City subway.
“To see this trend, awful trend, happening throughout the United States should put us on alert,” Fields told ABC10News.
The group Stop AAPI Hate started tracking anti-Asian hate nationwide beginning in mid-March. It recorded more than 2,800 accounts by the end of 2020.
San Diego County District Attorney’s office is currently handling three anti-Asian hate crime cases. There were none in 2018 and 2019.