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A 70-year-old woman from San Francisco, California, was brutally beaten by a group of four minors in broad daylight in an apartment complex.
The elderly woman, who preferred to be identified as Ms. Ren, spent the last few years holed up in her apartment for fear of Covid-19 and chose to go outside on Sunday, only to later encounter a crowd of attackers in the hallway of her apartment complex.
“They used their fist to hit my head several times and then they pulled me down and kept kicking me,” the old woman told KGO.
Shortly after Ms. Ren left her apartment, four young men approached her and asked her what time it was. Instead of telling her that it was 5:00 pm, the old woman showed them the clock, since she does not speak English, and the young people began to go through her belongings.
“They searched my body and I quickly realize they were up to no good,” Ms Ren added.
The suspects immediately realized that she had an iPhone 7. The woman refused to hand over her phone and attempted to escape into a nearby elevator and tried to get the doors to close quickly. However, the suspects followed her to the elevator and began the brutal attack.reported Fox News.
Footage of the incident showed the suspects kicking and punching her in the face as she lay on the ground after being knocked down. Ms. Ren attempted to retreat to the hallway, but she was unable to close the door, at which point the suspects returned again to steal her keys and take turns assaulting her.
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“Yesterday was one of the first days in a long time that it came out and this is what happened”exclaimed Ms. Zheng, the old woman’s daughter to KGO. “I never expected this to happen to us, although we saw many reports.”
Ms. Ren’s daughter highlighted local reports of anti-Asian hate crimes and attacks of that nature that occurred in the city.
Ms. Ren is confined to her apartment again and bedridden from injuries sustained during the attack.
It was not clear if the suspects were identified or arrested. So far, the San Francisco Police Department has not provided a statement in this regard.
The crime wave against Asian residents, who make up about a third of San Francisco, has been on the rise in the city since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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