OAKLAND, Calif. – A lady was dragged by a automotive in Oakland’s Asian enterprise district throughout a theft that her husband says left her bruised and shaken, marking the newest in a collection of assaults in opposition to folks of Asian descent within the San Francisco Bay Space and in different elements of the U.S.
Eric Nghiem mentioned his spouse, Jenny, who’s Vietnamese, had her purse crossed round her neck and shoulder as she was strolling to a grocery retailer when a thief grabbed it and jumped into the passenger facet of a automotive Wednesday. Surveillance video exhibits the sufferer clinging to her purse as she will get dragged for a brief distance earlier than letting go.
Nghiem mentioned his spouse is sore and bruised after the theft within the metropolis’s East Lake neighbourhood.
“However mentally, it’s worse. She’s scared greater than anything proper now,” he mentioned in a cellphone interview Friday.
No less than 32 Asian Individuals within the Bay Space have been assaulted or robbed because the begin of 2021, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. Police have stepped up their patrols and volunteers have elevated their avenue presence after violence seen because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic sparked new outrage when some assaults have been caught on video and unfold broadly on-line.
Oakland police mentioned the theft of Nghiem was underneath investigation. It stays unclear whether or not the sufferer was focused due to her race.
Related Press author Daisy Nguyen contributed to this report.