Crime against the Asian American Pacific Islander community continues as two AAPI women were stabbed waiting for the bus. According to the AAPI website, hate crime against the Asian American community increased since the Covid-19 pandemic.
The attack occurred Tuesday, May 4, in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood. One victim is identified as 85-year-old Chui Fong Eng. Her grandson, Drew Eng, told reporter Betty Yu that his grandmother had finished some shopping and was waiting for the bus on Market Street, when she was stabbed.
Eng told ABC 7 his grandmother was “very independent” and “headstrong.” He continued to say, “I was told the knife nicked her lung and ribcage. It was a really long knife.”
After the attack, the two women were rushed to the hospital where Eng underwent over four hours of surgery to save her life. The other AAPI stabbing victim, 65, has yet to be identified. It is known, however, she is in stable condition after receiving treatment.
Police identified the suspect as 54-year-old Patrick Thompson. According to ABC 7, Thompson has previous convictions including assault with a deadly weapon. He reportedly casually approached the two women before the attack and casually walked away after the attack. Charges have yet to be announced against Thompson.
Victims of anti-AAPI violence can report an incident on the AAPI website. Eng’s family has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses.