April 28, 2022
SAN FRANCISCO, California—The dream that is “Woketopia” is upon us as new information comes to light that 27 out of the 28 families burglarized in San Francisco are Asian-American families and there may even be more victims.
A woman, who only wanted to be identified as Ms. R because of privacy and safety concerns, told ABC7’s Dion Lim about her months of trauma after her family home in the Outer Richmond area was targeted.
“It took a while for me to go outside and feel comfortable walking around by myself and with my parents or leaving my house, it took a while to get back to normal,” she said, behind a black facemask and sunglasses.
“They drove into our driveway, all three went out and went into our house,” said Ms. R.
In December 2021, multiple masked men broke into Ms. R’s home using a crowbar-like tool and ransacked it.
“It’s just appalling… and what can be done, right?”
The SFPD launched a large-scale investigation in response to the dozens of burglaries and arrested two men linked to 28 separate burglaries in a four-month period. Another video used in SFPD’s investigation shows a home invasion robbery back in January that took place with residents inside, reports ABC7.
Dion Lim asked SFPD about leads she had received about the victims specifically being Asian.
Lt. Scott Ryan who heads the burglary unit at SFPD responded “…we do know the 28 cases we were able to charge at this time, all but one were members of the Asian community.”
“Nobody is helping our community right now. They don’t think it’s happening because they don’t see it on TV that often,” said Ms. R.
The two suspects, Steve Levy and Deshawn White—both African-American men—were found with firearms, jewelry, and cash when they were arrested in April and remain in custody.
Mr. R told Dion Lim the incident prompted her community to come together.
“Our whole block has cameras and we all helped each other install them too,” explained Ms. R.
Her family also installed a front gate.
Screenshot via ABC7