Man attacks Asian woman, 75, in San Francisco, she fights back and clobbers him
SAN FRANCISCO – An elderly Asian woman fought back an attacker on Wednesday morning, bloodying the assailant and sending him handcuffed to a stretcher.
The unprovoked attack occurred around 10 a.m. in downtown San Francisco, local CBS affiliate KPIX reported. A sports reporter with the station happened across the scene.
In a video, Xiao Zhen Xie, 75, is seen holding an ice pack to her face and speaking to a crowd. She suffered two blackeyes. Her attacker, a 39-year-old white man, is seen handcuffed to a stretcher with blood around his mouth.
Police have not released his identity. They said he may have also attacked an 83-year-old Asian man shortly before his assault on the 75-year-old woman.
Xie said she was standing next to a lamppost when the man punched her in the face, KPIX reported. She fought back, beating him with a stick.
“You bum, why did you hit me?” the woman asked the man, according to KPIX. “This bum, he hit me,” she told the crowd.
Xie, her attacker, and the earlier victims were hospitalized
Anti-Asian violence has increased throughout the U.S. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and there have been a series of vicious assaults in the Bay Area.