Caught on camera: Group brutally attacks and robs 67-year-old Asian man in Chinatown laundromat

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A 67-year-old Asian man was the victim of a brutal beating and robbery in February while he was sitting inside of a laundromat in San Francisco’s Chinatown. 

Surveillance video captured the brutal beating that occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. on February 23rd, where the victim can be seen sitting inside of the laundromat when three assailants launched an unprovoked attack. 

The victim was first kicked in the face by one of the suspects, and then taken to the ground – with the three assailants then rummaging through the victim’s pockets to steal his money. 

Overall, the attack was launched and ended in a span of about 45 seconds, with police saying the three suspects wanted are still at large and unidentified as of this writing. 

The San Francisco Police Officer’s Association is reportedly offering a $2,500 reward for information that can lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects involved in the attack. 

SFPOA spokesman Tony Montoya commented on the recent attack, noting the disturbing uptick in crimes targeting the Asian community: 

“These random acts of violence targeting our Asian community members are no accident and they must end. The SFPOA stands with our Asian community and all San Franciscans in wanting these perpetrators to be caught and held accountable.”

The attack that transpired on February 23rd came mere days after police instituted increased patrolling of San Francisco’s Chinatown, considering the recent attacks that transpired miles away in Oakland’s Chinatown. 

San Francisco Police spokesman Robert Rueca noted that, at the very least, the increased patrols afford quicker responses to the area if incidents occur: 

“If anything we’ve increased our efforts in patrols and in the ability to respond to the community’s needs.”

The San Francisco Police Department is urging locals to come forward if they have any information about the February 23rd attack. Tipsters can reach the SFPD at 415-558-5588. 

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In other cases of Asian’s being attacked in San Francisco, the local District Attorney is coming under scrutiny after the manner in which he characterized the motive of the assailant who allegedly murdered an 84-year-old Asian man. 

Here’s that previous report, 


SAN FRANCISCO, CA– It has come to light recently that the attacks on Asian’s in this country have become rampant.

While innocent individuals being attacked, assumingly for their race, is disturbing in itself, it is even more disturbing when a person of authority, such as a District Attorney, justifies those actions. 

Many are outraged after an 84-year-old Asian man was killed in San Francisco, and the District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, justified the actions of the killer. 

In a New York Times article, Boudin says Antoine Watson was having “some sort of temper tantrum,” a term more often used to describe toddlers, ABC7 reported.

Eric Lawson, Vicha Ratanapkadee’s son-in-law said in a statement:

“I don’t buy it for a second, I don’t buy it for a second. He knew what he was doing. Hearing this excuse of a hissy fit is really upsetting,” 

Boudin’s comments are insensitive to say the least, and now Lawson and his wife, Monthanus Ratanapakdee, are grappling with feelings of disgust after hearing the excuses used to justify the murder of their father.

While clutching a framed photo of her father, and dressed completely in black, as is customary for someone in mourning, Monthanus said “It’s breaking my heart”, as she stood at the site where the January 28th attack occurred. 

ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim was the first to break this horrifying video, showing Vicha shoved to the ground and killed by, according to police, 19-year-old Watson, who was arrested for murder and elder abuse.

In the Times article, Boudin cites video evidence where Watson is allegedly seen hitting a car with his hand.

As expected, these excuses do not sit well with Ratanapkadee’s family.

Monthanus said:

“A temper tantrum… you can hit a car…you cannot hit or kill a human,” 

According to police documents, which were obtained by ABC7 News, Watson was seen on video returning to a BMW, retrieving a phone, walking back to Ratanapakdee and appeared to take photos of his body. He is then seen returning to the vehicle and gets inside.

Lim has reached out to Boudin for clarification on his statement to the Times, but has not received a response as of this writing. 

Ratanapkadee’s family expressed their gratitude for the community’s support, and are seeking two things. 

First, Lawson said:

“I want to know the truth, a clear truth,” 

After placing flowers at her father’s makeshift memorial outside a garage where the crime happened, Monthanus made references to the many attacks on Asian Americans in the Bay Area and around the country, ABC7 News reported.

Monthanus stated that the second thing she would like is awareness, saying:

“I hope my father’s case raise awareness for the Asian community… I wish the Asian community speaks up.”

Watson’s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th.

GoFundMe set up by the family will continue to collect funds to pay for a possible billboard or mural to raise awareness of violence toward the Asian community and to help start a college fund for Vicha’s two beloved grandchildren.

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