The Sentinel-Record

2 Asian women knifed; suspect arrested

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SAN FRANCISCO — Two Asian women were stabbed without warning as they waited for a bus in downtown San Francisco — the latest in a series of attacks against Asian Americans nationwide since the start of the pandemic last year.

Police said the 63- and 84-year-old women remained hospitaliz­ed Wednesday. The 84-year-old was initially treated for life-threatenin­g injuries, but her medical status has been upgraded to non-life threatenin­g, police said.

Patrick Thompson, 54, of San Francisco was arrested about two hours after the attack. Investigat­ors were working to determine whether the incident was motivated by racial bias.

A woman working at a flower stall Tuesday afternoon told KGO-TV that she saw a man walking on Market Street shortly before the attack carrying “a pretty big knife” with knuckles on the handle.

“Her back was turned and all I see is feathers came out of her jacket. So I am very sure that she got sliced,” the witness said of one victim. “He walked away like nothing happened, like Sunday morning.”

The attack highlighte­d the dangerous climate Asian Americans have faced since the coronaviru­s entered the U.S. after surfacing in China.

In separate attacks in San Francisco in March, an 83-year-old Vietnamese man’s neck was broken when he was knocked down, and a 77-year-old woman was attacked. Police arrested a man on charges of assault and elder abuse in both cases. Another 83-year-old man was pushed down in February and his hip was broken. He spent weeks in a hospital and rehabilita­tion.

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