Suspect arrested in Oakland theft that left a 75-year-old Asian man mind lifeless – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – Oakland police announced Tuesday night an arrest in an attack and robbery that seriously injured a 75-year-old Asian man, authorities said.
An official from Oakland’s Chinatown community told KPIX the victim was brain dead from serious injuries sustained in the attack.
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Authorities on both sides of the bay have tried to counter attacks on elderly Asian citizens in San Francisco, Oakland and elsewhere.
The last attack occurred just before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning at the intersection of Jayne Avenue and Perkins Street, not far from Lake Merritt.
The Oakland Chinatown community said the victim was knocked to the ground on Jayne Avenue and left with life-threatening injuries.
Oakland Police confirmed an arrest related to the attack on Tuesday night at around 9 p.m. Police also confirmed the 75-year-old Oakland resident was robbed.
According to the authorities, Oakland patrol officers and investigators spent the day gathering evidence and later detained a suspect related to the crime. The suspect has not been identified.
“I am sad to hear of yet another violent attack on our ward elders,” said LeRonne L. Armstrong, Oakland police chief. “The resulting trauma has a profound effect on the victim, their family and the entire community. My officials are anxious to bring those involved in this senseless crime and all crimes to justice. “
The citizen app video was caught shortly after the attack this morning. Neighbors report that the victim was taking his usual morning walk at this point.
A neighbor told KPIX that she recognized the victim when she saw them being loaded into the ambulance.
Florence Williams has lived in this suburb of Oakland for 35 years. She says that for the past two years they have seen the same elderly Chinese walking up and down Jayne Avenue around 7 a.m.
“They took him around, then I said, ‘This is the guy who walks up and down the street,'” Williams said. “Every morning he goes around this time or a little earlier.”
That is why she said she was so stunned to learn that he was the victim of the recent attack on an elderly member of the Oakland Chinese community.
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“I was very sad; very sad. And I said to the officers, ‘I hope you catch him soon.’ Because nobody deserves that. Nobody, ”said Williams.
Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce President Carl Chan said this latest attack shows the rise in violence is not just occurring in the Chinatown area, but against elderly Asian Americans across the city.
“People always thought that if you were just in the Chinatown community or in an Asian community, it could actually happen anywhere,” Chan said. “When I heard about it… it’s just so hurtful. I know people say they are angry. I am not annoyed. I’m so sad.”
Chan said he had had contact with family members and was told that the victim was now brain dead because he was injured in the attack. So far, he has said she does not know the motive behind the attack, be it a robbery, a racially motivated attack, or both.
Chan would like to see more patrols in the area to help protect Oaklander’s public safety.
“We sincerely hope that these types of crimes and attacks will not be repeated. Not just for the Asian community. We just don’t want this to happen to anyone. “
On Tuesday evening, the Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force held a listening session to gather public opinion on public safety and violent crime in Oakland. Liz, an advisory board member, said the recent attacks show the need to invest in the communities, not the police.
“The years of de-investment results are being felt very hard by the black community and the colored communities, and the Asian community now has the brunt of it,” she said.
The police did not want to rule out whether it was a racially motivated attack
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a statement on the attack early Tuesday evening.
“The violent attack this morning on an Asian American elder in our Adams Point neighborhood is reprehensible,” said Schaaf. “Our police will conduct a thorough investigation to see if this was racially motivated or a heinous crime of opportunity. Every act of violence traumatizes our community and I pray for healing for the victim and his family. “
The victim has not been identified. The police ask anyone with information about the attack and the robbery to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (510) 238-3821.
The incident comes during an intensified effort by Oakland Police to end recent violence in Chinatown.
According to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, authorities recorded 18 crimes against Asian Americans near Oakland’s Chinatown in two weeks in February. She has deployed a special unit in her department to investigate the attacks.
To counter the rise in violence, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong has deployed the department’s mobile community commando to Chinatown and stepped up police street patrols. He also took to the streets to personally reassure local residents and business owners that his department was there to protect them.
“We wanted our business owners and the community to know that we care,” said Armstrong. “That we are concerned and will do everything we can to protect the community.”
Andrea Nakano also contributed to this story.