OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Shocking new video coming out of Oakland’s Chinatown showing a 91-year-old man senselessly pushed to the ground has the community on high alert.
A warning — the video taken at the corner of Harrison and 8th streets outside the Asian Resource Center is disturbing to watch.
Carl Chan, president of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, says the neighborhood is under attack. As of Sunday night, he has collected more than 20 incident reports and videos of small businesses getting robbed and owners and customers assaulted.
One video shows women in an herbal shop as a suspect enters and snatches one woman’s cash and runs off.
Chan held a press conference with some business owners and city leaders Wednesday to discuss solutions such as adding extra police patrols and cameras.
“They appear to be more violent, for whatever reason and that’s why we need to stop this now,” said Captain Bobby Hookfin with the Oakland Police Department. Hookfin says many cases go unreported by residents who fear retaliation.
“I want to start by apologizing to the victims of these heinous crimes,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who also went on to attack efforts by some on the Oakland City Council to cut the city’s police budget by as much as 50 percent.
Oakland police are gathering information about this latest incident.
In a press release, OPD says the man who was pushed is 91-years-old and that after he was attacked, the suspect involved didn’t stop there.
“The suspect then approached a 60-year-old man and 55-year-old woman from behind that were also walking in the 800 block of Harrison Street,” police said. “The suspect pushed both victims to the ground, resulting in the woman losing consciousness. The man also suffered injury. Both victims were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.”
Oakland resident Jacob Azevedo is taking matters into his own hands, in terms of supporting the city’s elderly in the midst of these attacks. He created a GoFundMe with all the proceeds going toward purchasing hand-held alarms to distribute to these vulnerable populations.
Help us make our elderly community here in Oakland feel a little safer to walk down the street!!” Jacob said on the post.