70-year-old Asian woman brutally beaten, robbed twice by 4 youths in SF . apartment complex

A 70-year-old Asian woman was brutally beaten and robbed twice in broad daylight by four youths in her San Francisco apartment complex.

The woman, identified as Ms. Ren, was approached by four minors who asked her what time it was on July 31 in the hallway of her apartment complex. She told them it was ‘5 o’clock’. Not speaking English and not sure if they understood her, she showed their watch. It was then that the suspects began their attack.

“They search my body and I soon realize they are up to no good,” Ms. Ren . told me ABC 7.

Ms Ren refused to hand over her phone after the youths found her iPhone 7. She tried to escape to an elevator; however, the suspects followed her and pulled her out.

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“They got really angry and pulled me down,” Mrs. Ren said. “They used their fists to hit my head several times and then they pulled me down and kept kicking me.”

Surveillance footage of the incident shows a robber kicking the victim in the face before leaving the building.

However, the attack did not stop there. Mrs. Ren tried to retreat to the hallway, but was unable to close the door before the attackers returned. They stole her keys and took turns attacking her.

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“Yesterday was one of the first days in a long time that she went out and this is what happened,” Ms. Ren’s daughter, Ms. Zheng, told ABC 7. “I never expected this to happen to us, too though we saw a lot of reporting [on anti-Asian hate crimes].”

Ms. Ren has spent the past two years in her apartment avoiding COVID-19. After the recent attack, she is once again housebound as she is currently bedridden from the pain she suffered during the incident.

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“I want this story to come out so that people know and that other people are aware that they are safe,” Ms Zheng said.

The Community Engagement Division of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is currently in contact with the family with resources to help them recover and heal.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information about Ms. Ren’s case is urged to contact the SFPD tipline at 415-575-4444.

Featured image via @DionLimTV

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