Elderly Filipino Woman Attacked on San Diego Trolley
February 16, 2021
SAN DIEGO, California—An elderly Filipino woman was the victim of an unprovoked attack on a San Diego trolley, according to ABC 10News.
Apparently, a man seemingly punched the woman for no reason whatsoever. Witnesses helped her report it to the police. She was treated at a local hospital. It is unclear if any arrest has been made, reports ABC 10News.
“My first reaction is angry and then I was just sad for her,” said JoAnn Fields, a community advocate and director of the Filipino Resource Center.
Attacks on elderly Asian-Americans have been caught on video in recent weeks. 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee, a native of Thailand, was on a morning walk in the San Francisco area when he was tackled. His head slammed the pavement. Ratanapakdee later died.
“It makes me very angry seeing how ignorant people are,” said Kent, a former Uber driver. He did not want to use his last name.
While picking up passengers in the Convoy area March of last year, he said the passengers immediately started poking fun of the coronavirus and his Hong Kong background. Kent remained mostly quiet during the ride when the passengers said he could let them out if he wanted. Kent said the passengers then gave him a one-star rating.
He no longer is a ride-share driver. “I stopped because of the pandemic and also I’m afraid something like this would happen again,” Kent said. “That incident was only verbal. What if I get attacked next time?”