Asian woman, 76, leaves man bloodied on a stretcher after he attacked her on a San Fransisco street


An elderly Asian woman fought back against a man who randomly attacked her in  San Francisco and sent him to hospital covered in blood on a gurney.

Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, told San Francisco’s KPIX 5 that she was standing at a crossing on Market Street on Wednesday when a 39-year-old man punched her in the face.

Xie said she found a nearby stick to defend herself and began pummeling him.

While Xie suffered eye injuries that required hospital attention, the unidentified man was taken away on a stretcher.

Xie then tried to go for her attacker again as he was being wheeled away to an ambulance, and had to be restrained by police. 

She points the wooden plank towards the man handcuffed to the stretcher while yelling: ‘You bum, why did you bully me?’ and ‘He hit me, he hit me!’ in Chinese. 

Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, has fought back against her attacker in San Francisco, leaving the much younger man with injuries that required a trip to the hospital

Officers said a 39-year-old man is being investigated for the attack against Xie as well as another attack on Wednesday against an 83-year-old Asian man

Officers said a 39-year-old man is being investigated for the attack against Xie as well as another attack on Wednesday against an 83-year-old Asian man

The aftermath of the incident was caught on camera by KPIX Sports Director Dennis O’Donnell who came upon the scene during his morning run.   

The incident comes amid a rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Asians living in the United States.

From her retirement home, Xie, who has lived in San Francisco for 26 years, recounted the attack. Her daughter, Dong-Mei Li, helped to translate. 

They told KPIX 5 that Xie was ‘very traumatized’ and ‘very scared’ after the incident and that one of her eyes is still bleeding. 

Li also said that her mother cannot see out of her left eye and has not been able to eat.

John Chen, Xie’s grandson, told KPIX 5 that his grandmother was ‘extremely terrified’ and afraid to leave her home. 

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover Xie’s medical expenses. 

Xie said she was standing at a traffic crossing on Market Street on Wednesday when a man punched her in the face in an apparently unprovoked attack

Xie said she was standing at a traffic crossing on Market Street on Wednesday when a man punched her in the face in an apparently unprovoked attack

Xie (right) said she found a nearby stick to defend herself with and began pummelling the assailant

Xie (right) said she found a nearby stick to defend herself with and began pummelling the assailant

While Xie suffered eye injuries that required hospital attention, the unidentified man was taken away on a stretcher

While Xie suffered eye injuries that required hospital attention, the unidentified man was taken away on a stretcher

San Francisco police said they are investigating the aggravated assault which happened at Market Street and Charles J. Brenham Place at around 10.30am on Wednesday.  

In the video uploaded by O’Donnell to Twitter, Xie can be seen holding an ice pack to her face while shouting and crying. 

‘The woman said that she was hit,’ O’Donnell said. ‘She attacked back. From what I could see, she wanted more of the guy on the stretcher and the police were holding her back.’ 

Police said both Xie and the man were taken to hospital for treatment.

KPIX 5 reported that officers said a 39-year-old man is being investigated for the attack against Xie as well as another attack on Wednesday against an 83-year-old Asian man. 

‘We have to do our job and we have to investigate these cases with all resources brought to bear and we need to make arrests, and we’ve done that,’ San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said.

Scott and Mayor London Breed have promised more targeted patrols after a rise in attacks on Asian Americans in the city. 

‘We need to understand, not only what is going on, but why these attacks occur. Because in some cases they didn’t include any robbery or theft,’ Breed said.

Xie's attack comes amid a rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Asians living in the United States. Pictured: A vigil for victims of a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia is held in Jackson Heights, Queens on Wednesday

Xie’s attack comes amid a rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Asians living in the United States. Pictured: A vigil for victims of a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia is held in Jackson Heights, Queens on Wednesday

Activists have drawn a link between former President Donald Trump's repeated use of the phrase 'China virus' to describe Covid-19 and the increasingly open hostility to Asian Americans. Pictured: Attendees at a vigil in Philadelphia in solidarity with the Asian American community on Wednesday

Activists have drawn a link between former President Donald Trump’s repeated use of the phrase ‘China virus’ to describe Covid-19 and the increasingly open hostility to Asian Americans. Pictured: Attendees at a vigil in Philadelphia in solidarity with the Asian American community on Wednesday 

The attack was the second affecting an Asian person on Market Street just this week after 59-year-old Danny Yu Chang was severely beaten on Monday.

Racist incidents targeting Asian Americans have skyrocketed in the last year. 

StopAAPIHate, a coalition addressing anti-Asian hate amid the pandemic, said it had received 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

According to figures from a report by the group, the majority of incidents happened at places of business, with the second most common site being public streets. 

Sixty-eight per cent of incidents reported involved verbal harassment, while incidents of coughing/spitting, physical assault, online harassment and avoidance were also recorded.

Incidents were reported in all 50 states and affected individuals from a variety of races and ethnicities, the majority of whom were of Chinese descent.

StopAAPIHate, a coalition addressing anti-Asian hate amid the pandemic, said it had received 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Pictured: A woman holds a sign at vigil for victims of a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia is held in Jackson Heights, Queens on Wednesday

StopAAPIHate, a coalition addressing anti-Asian hate amid the pandemic, said it had received 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Pictured: A woman holds a sign at vigil for victims of a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia is held in Jackson Heights, Queens on Wednesday

Democrat Assemblyman David Chui said some 1,600 of the incidents reported to StopAAPIHate took place in California and that the actual number of attacks is likely to be higher as some go unreported.

In January, a 91-year-old man was shoved to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown. Later that month, 94-year-old Vichar Ratanapakdee was killed in an assault on a San Francisco street.

Last week, Pak Ho, 75, died after being assaulted and robbed in Oakland. 

Chiu and others have proposed a statewide hotline for hate crimes and have called on Governor Gavin Newsom to appoint an attorney general from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.    

Activists have drawn a link between former President Donald Trump’s repeated use of the phrase ‘China virus’ to describe Covid-19 and the increasingly open hostility to Asian Americans.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that there was 'no question' that 'damaging rhetoric' from the Trump administration had resulted in 'perceptions of the Asian-American community that are inaccurate, unfair [and] has elevated threats against Asian Americans'

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that there was ‘no question’ that ‘damaging rhetoric’ from the Trump administration had resulted in ‘perceptions of the Asian-American community that are inaccurate, unfair [and] has elevated threats against Asian Americans’

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki echoed this, saying that there was ‘no question’ that ‘damaging rhetoric’ from the Trump administration had resulted in ‘perceptions of the Asian-American community that are inaccurate, unfair [and] has elevated threats against Asian Americans.’

‘That’s why we’re seeing that around the country,’ she said, referring to the increasing number of reported hate crimes involving Asian Americans. 

Psaki’s comments followed a shooting at three Asian-owned spas in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday in which eight people were killed. 

Six of those killed were Asian-American women, prompting concerns that the white male shooter deliberately targeted this group.

The shooting unleashed an outpouring of fear and anger from Asian-Americans and others on social media, who were already reeling from the rise in hate crimes and say that racism against their community is not taken seriously. 

The anger only increased after a deputy sheriff told a press conference that the shooter had been having ‘a really bad day’.

‘He was pretty much fed up and had been kind of at the end of his rope,’ Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday. 

‘Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did.’    



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