Attacks cue increased patrols 

Police Chief George Gascón has beefed up patrols in the Bayview district and Visitacion Valley to ease fears about several high-profile incidents involving the Asian community.

The primary goal is to create a “high-visibility presence” by sending 32 officers from other police districts to the area, Gascón said.

Much of the fear stems from the killing of an 83-year-old Chinese man Jan. 24. Huan Chen was kicked and punched on a T-Third Street Muni platform. He died two months later.

Police have run out of leads in the case and Mayor Gavin Newsom has approved a $100,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the killer, Gascón said.

“We know there are people in the community who know what happened,” Gascón said. “We’re hoping this reward will help them come forward.”

Another random killing of a San Francisco man of Chinese descent, this time in Oakland this month, has only added to the tension.

And on March 27, a 39-year-old man told police he was attacked by five young men between the ages of 14 and 16 inside a light-rail vehicle at Third Street and Williams Avenue.

In another incident, an unidentified 15-year-old boy admitted to a March 22 incident caught on one of Muni’s security cameras in which he threw a 57-year-old woman from a Muni platform.

But despite these publicized crimes, Gascón said there has not been an increase in crime in the Bayview and that the race of victims has been proportionate to the overall population.

 

Outbreak

Recent high-profile attacks on people of Asian descent:

Jan. 24: Huan Chen, 83, attacked on street at Oakdale Avenue and Third Street; dies from injuries March 19; no arrests; $100,000 reward

March 22: 15-year-old throws woman off Muni platform at Oakdale Avenue and Third Street; boy is in custody

March 27: 39-year-old man assaulted on Muni near Williams Avenue and Third Street; no arrests

April 16: San Francisco resident Tian Sheng Yu and his son are beaten while shopping in Oakland; Tian dies days later; two teens arrested

April 17: Muni driver dragged from bus and beaten by as many as five youths at Somerset Street and San Bruno Avenue; arrests made

Source: SFPD

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