An Asian-American father who was attacked in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood last week finally found justice after his attacker was arrested and charged with felony assault and child endangerment.
The attack occurred on April 30 outside of Gus’s Community Market on 4th and Channel and was caught on video. The Asian man was pushing his one-year-old baby in a stroller when the assailant came up from behind him and struck him in the head before hitting him in the back over a dozen times.
“My sense of security has been shattered,” the man said. “I was right on the ground and in that exact second I was trying to shield my head and prevent any worse injuries. I couldn’t protect my child. I was on the floor and he was in a stroller that was slowly rolling away, so it’s definitely very scary as a parent.”
The Asian man, who wants to be called “Bruce,” believes that the attack might be racially motivated given the recent uptick in violence against Asian individuals in the U.S. during the the Covid-19 pandemic.
San Francisco police officers immediately arrested the suspect while they were patrolling the area. The attacker has been identified as 26-year-old Sidney Hammond and he is currently being held in custody without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 27.