The suspects would be assaulted a beloved San Francisco Laundromat owner and his golden retriever in what is described as an anti-Asian attack, according to a local reporter and police .
Police officers at the San Francisco North Station responded to reports of an assault at the laundromat at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and met the victim, an anonymous 66-year-old Asian man, at the laundromat.
"The victim told officers he was walking his dog when He was approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect was holding a lighter near the victim's dog. The victim asked the suspect what he was doing, and the suspect became verbally confrontational. The victim attempted to walk away but the suspect followed him. The suspect spat on the victim andpunched him in the face, "police said in a summary of the incident.
The suspect then fled and the victim was transported to a nearby hospital.
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ABC 7 reporter Dion Lim first reported the incident on Twitter, claiming the suspect "tried to put Cody at the Golden Retriever Laundromat in Nob Hill on FIRE, then punched his owner in the face on Wednesday, with a photo of the business owner.
The laundry owner and his dog, sitting atop the company 's drying racks, are apparently a popular duo in the neighborhood.
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"Something very touching was seeing a young woman stop with flowers after she heard the news," Lim tweeted. "The owner is fine, but was rushed to hospital and had a stuck eye injury. The criminal allegedly called the owner the word " N "before hitting him.
Lim also noted that "a neighbor ... came running " to help the laundry owner with "a baseball bat " when the incident happened.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident at this time, police said.
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The authorities ask anyone withinformation call the SFPD phone line at 1-415-575-4444 or anonymously pass information to TIP411 and start the text message with SFPD.
Stop hate AAPI , a group fighting against anti-Asian violence , stated in its latest national report that 9,081 hate incidents have been reported to his office since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and in June 2021. Almost 4,600 of these hate incidents occurred in 2020 and more than 4,500 in 2021.
Anni Chung, CEO of Self-Help for the Elderly in San Francisco, says seniors she helps were hit by a "second virus thatis a hate virus ". The organization went from carrying a pre-pandemic load of 400 meals a day to over 5,000 a day because it was afraid to go out - not because of problems. affordability or transportation.
Last year they distributed 963,000 meals in total, compared to 436,000 typically.
"Sometimes when we talk to seniors, they say this hatred caused them to stay stuck in their home even wo rse the pandemic, "Chung said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.