Fatal beating of Chinese man in Bayview remains unsolved 

Today, in a renewed call for justice in the case, police in the Bayview district will be out at the site of a brutal attack last year by a group of youths on an elderly Chinese man who later died from his injuries.

Huan Zhou Chen, 83, had just left the Muni light-rail stop at Third Street and Oakdale Avenue on the evening of Jan. 24, 2010, and was on his way to his assisted-living facility when a group of boys assaulted him, police said.

During the attack, Chen was hit in the back of the head and knocked to the ground. His head hit the sidewalk and the youths fled, leaving him “bleeding and disoriented,” police said. Chen was hospitalized and died March 19.

“We’re just trying to drum up some leads and generate renewed interest,” Police Department spokesman Officer Eric Chiang said. “It’s a senseless killing.”

The incident, along with other attacks at the time on Chinese-Americans in the neighborhood, sparked outrage from the community and led then-police Chief George Gascón to order more patrols in the area. Community meetings were held with Asian and black residents to try to quell tensions.

Another infamous incident involved a 57-year-old woman who was standing on the same Muni platform at Third Street and Oakdale Avenue on March 22 and was attacked by five boys, one of whom threw her onto the tracks. The woman survived the attack, which was caught on Muni surveillance video, and an arrest was made.

A $100,000 reward has been offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the Chen case. Calls can be made to the homicide detail at (415) 553-1145 or anonymously to (415) 575-4444.

Police will be handing out fliers with information about the case at 1 p.m. today at Third Street and
Oakdale Avenue.


Violent interactions

There were at least four incidents in early 2010 involving assaults on Chinese-Americans in The City, with three in the Bayview district. Police said at the time that though in each case the suspects were black people, there was no evidence the attacks were racially motivated.

Jan. 24: Huan Chen, 83, is assaulted by youths near the Muni station at Third Street and Oakdale Avenue. Chen died from his injuries March 19.

March 22: A 57-year-old woman is attacked by boys on the Muni platform at Third Street and Oakdale Avenue. Arrest made.

March 27: A 29-year-old man is assaulted by boys on a Muni train near Third Street and Williams Avenue.

April 17: A Muni bus driver is attacked and beaten by youths while driving in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood. Arrest made.

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