VIDEO: Elderly Asian Man Attacked, Robbed As Bystanders Laughed

Holly Matkin

The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the attack on the elderly Asian man as a possible hate crime.

San Francisco, CA – Video has gone viral of bystanders taunting an elderly Asian man as he was violently attacked and beaten with a metal pole during a robbery (video below).

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) announced that its Special Investigations Division (SID) is investigating the attack as a potential hate crime, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

“The inflammatory language used in the video could suggest a possible hate crime occurred and as such SFPD SID will be taking lead,” the SFPD said.

Cell phone footage of the attack – which appeared to take place near a public housing complex near Osceola Lane and La Salle Avenue in Bayview – quickly went viral after it was posted to Instagram on Sunday, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The elderly man was out collecting bags of recyclables when he was abruptly confronted by a large, black male, the New York Post reported.

Cell phone footage showed the suspect as he menacingly walked towards the elderly victim, waving a long metal pole in his direction.

“Uh oh! He’s scared!” one onlooker taunted. “He just robbed your dumb -ss!”

“Go get your cans, man! Don’t be scared,” another bystander yelled.

The victim attempted to make his way past the crowd towards the cart containing his bags of recyclables, but the suspect chased him away yet again, this time beating him about the head with the metal pole, the video showed.

The victim scurried away as bystanders laughed and made barking noises.

When he turned around once more, he saw the suspect unloading the bags from the cart he had stolen from him.

“I hate Asians, n----r!” an onlooker declared, just after he told the victim to try to get his “s--t" from the attacker once more.

The elderly man broke down into tears, apparently accepting the fact that any attempt to regain his property would be futile.

The person recording the scene immediately shoved his phone into the desperate victim’s face as onlookers mimicked his cries.

In a second video, two uniformed private security guards who patrol the Housing Authority properties were seen instructing the robbery victim to leave the area, KTVU reported.

Investigators have been attempting to identify the victim, suspects, and witnesses seen in the video.

“We appreciate everyone bringing this video to our attention,” the SFPD tweeted on Monday. “At this time, we would like to announce we have initiated an investigation into this matter and we are attempting to ID the victim and/or witnesses. Anyone with further information is asked to contact us.”

On Thursday, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott announced the arrest of 20-year-old Dewayne Grayson, KTVU reported.

Grayson, who allegedly recorded the attack, has been charged with elder abuse, hate crime, and suspicion of robbery.

He was already on probation for a previous robbery conviction when the incident occurred, according to KNTV.

Investigators have also identified the suspect who attacked him with the metal pole, but have not yet located him, according to The Daily Journal.

Police have located the 68-year-old victim, who told them he had pain in the back of his head from being struck by the suspect.

He was otherwise uninjured.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said that the footage, which has been viewed over 3.7 million times, is not reflective of the city as a whole.

“The actions depicted in this video are shameful and are not reflective of the San Francisco we can, and should be,” Breed tweeted. “Violence, bullying, and harassment are unacceptable and have no place in our city. We need to work to bring our communities together, not sow hatred and division.”

The attack occurred in the midst of growing fears that the city’s Chinese population are specifically being targeted by criminals, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

“[It’s] incredibly disheartening to once again see this level of cowardice and hatred directed toward Asian American seniors in our city,” San Francisco Police Commissioner John Hamasaki told the paper.

“We need to come together as a community to not only denounce this type of violence but end it,” Hamasaki added.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that will require law enforcement agencies to publicly release crime victims’ demographic data, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

“This new information will help our public safety agencies, policy makers and the general public better understand crime trends and how they impact different communities,” Supervisor Gordon Mar said in a statement. “Better data means more effective crime prevention strategies to ensure that all communities feel safe and are safe.”

Watch cell phone footage of the ruthless attack in the video below:

Comments (184)
shooter
shooter

Racism, hatred, and cruelty at it's worst.

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flybynight
flybynight

"A person recording the incident can be heard ridiculing the victim by telling him, "Go get your cans", and "I hate Asians".

I posted this earlier in the community section.

BLT2020
BLT2020

Sickening

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Fucking animals, sickening, not human

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Racism is alive and well in our society and this video shows you who are the racists and who they pray upon. I hope they are charged with a hate crime and sent to jail.

Staceydea
Staceydea

Savages. No ethics. No humanity. Probably all raised by a “baby mama” without a father figure in sight. Hope they all are jailed for an extremely long time because all they bring to society is chaos. Some of the biggest racists on the planet are blacks. Someone should create a GoFundMe for this gentleman as I know most would happily contribute. This video just reminds me of how sick and tired I am of having GARBAGE walk amongst us. Filthy animals.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Those kids are going to be in big trouble when their fathers get home from work.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Oh, but didn't you hear? Yeah, black people can't be racist because of slavery 150 years ago or some shit. That's apparently a real thing some people believe.

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Fucking hoodrats. The biggest racists in America, and the most worthless.

BluBlood
BluBlood

It's disgusting to see this happening to anyone let alone an elderly person. Regardless of this victim's ethnicity this is sickening & lowest of the low. However, as part of the Asian population the racism almost makes me want to show the criminals what it'd be like if all roles were reversed. Much respect to the Blue handling this crime.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Where are the trolls on this page?? I'd love to hear their thoughts on how their "kin" treated this poor old man...NO ONE tried to help him. Let rolls be reversed and I can imagine the racist crap coming out. DNA in the black community doom them. Many don't/refuse to work, have their hands out demanding fair treatment, free everything and rob/beat people for what they have because they're too lazy to work. Sick and disgusting pond scum who do these things.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

I hate Asians then calling him exactly what he is, hate crime. If you are a person with any color condoning this animalistic behavior from the congo your probably a Democrat and should be culled along with those less than human individuals involved in the rabid pack. 🙏🤷👁️

lauraaz
lauraaz

That's what happens when democrats rule, and 2nd amendment rights are suppressed.

BubbaDon'tPlay
BubbaDon'tPlay

This is just one reason why I carry.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

More racist group of people in our United States are African Americans. Oh by the way, have never been to Africa and would never go there because there is no free stuff for them there.

Just my opinion
Just my opinion

What a fucking asshole! How can people be so cruel? I wish that the victim had been carrying a gun, and had shot him in the heart! This makes me physically sick! Not too bright, either. He videotaped himself while committing assault and battery, spewing racial words, and stealing!

Criss719
Criss719

I just think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature makes them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self-improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.

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Patriotdave
Patriotdave

Sarcasm overload!!

flybynight
flybynight

Every word of it the truth!!!

ikaika
ikaika

A quote from Barry Soetoro's thesis paper.

MilwaukeeDon
MilwaukeeDon

Could you imagine the major news networks if this was a black man being attacked? Disgusting!

Pacho
Pacho

All ways blacks..

Pacho
Pacho

Preach for demonRats, liberals, communists..

Pacho
Pacho

Hahaha, you buy drugs from them, right ?

Clay W
Clay W

I'm kinda old myself. In the old days I would have just whooped his ass. But now, you pull a pipe on me, I'll pull something out that is a lot louder. And.......one less burden on society.

merlin9
merlin9

And people wonder WHY I carry? That thug would have been DRT.! I'm 67, and myself, and my .45, Don't much care for this.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said that the footage... is not reflective of the city as a whole.

Bullsh-t! That’s what San Francisco has become.

LEO1529
LEO1529

A bullet always tells the truth.

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

Dam!!! What a shame!! If they would of done this the other way, they be calling the news, the preacher and the whole neighborhood. All the other people just cheering him to hit him and take his cans and to say he hates Chinese people. Just don't look in the mirror!!!! Remember we are a minority!!!!!

The express
The express

Question: Who are the racist? Answer: It's the animals that are the racist.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what race you are, let me find you doing something like this or disrespecting any senior citizen or trying to take advantage of a homeless person, and you just bought yourself a whole lot of trouble.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Can you imagine if the script was flipped and this happened to a black person by whites or Asians? It would be on every news channel for weeks. There would be protest marches by "activists" across the country demanding that the police make immediate arrests of anyone who remotely resembles a white or Asian person. The CNN talking heads would spend countless hours talking about racism being a live and well in our country and football players would spend next season on their knees. But with this case....crickets!

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspect.

Rickenbackerfan
Rickenbackerfan

Like a tribe of rabid chimpanzees.

DarrellB
DarrellB

This is what happens when certain segments of society intentionally abandon previously strongly held values of morals, ethics, integrity, honesty, tolerance, religious belief, and hard work.
Instead of being told "You're stupid, look what you gave up" they are taught they are "victims" and they "deserve" everything.
This what the leftist WANT! (READ - "Rules for Radicals")
This kind of news event sow fear, and establishes disorder ENABLING the "Government" to take over! ! !

dragonmas40
dragonmas40

With 1 cop per 2500 citizens and extreme liberalism running the larger cities this and the killing of cop will increase, especially with the giving of victim information to perpetuators
This country is very close to neighborhood protection groups arming themselves to do what our city leaders refuse to to and that is protect citizens.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

But "people of color" can't be racist!!!! Snort.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The usual POS racist animals
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c204
c204

end welfare immediately, and this behavior will STOP in 18 years.
stop paying worthless welfare queens to pump out feral children they DO NOT WANT, and have NO INTENTION OF RAISING.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

I could not watch video.just reading about attack made me sick.i hope the thugs who were involved go to prison..but i doubt it. Some bleeding heart libnut judge will let em off cause they had a bad childhood

mike wauters
mike wauters

Those amazing 13%, just adding to culture and society. Amazing people. Then the human stool samples cry racism when nobody wants them around.

mike wauters
mike wauters

The 13% are always at their best when they have a pack of human shit with them. One on one, they're usually nothing.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

This is nothing new. Elderly Asians have often been attacked by violent black thugs despite no provocations. When Vietnamese and Laotian refugees who fled the communist takeover of much of SE Asia in 1975 were housed in predominately black public housing complexes in Philadelphia they were systematically bullied and assaulted.

Another one was murdered in a racist "knock out game" attack in St Louis. Others have been murdered by being pushed off the platform in front of arriving commuter trains. And there are many many more examples. But our Corrupt Liberal Media refuses to connect the dots because it is contrary to their blind "liberal" agenda that only whites can be violently racist.

dbosse
dbosse

Awful and certainly racist, although we don't often hear of a black man being racist. What upsets me is the bystanders encouraging the attack and cheering the attacker. But the headline of this guy being beaten and robbed is sensationalism by the reporting press. He was hit one time a glancing blow with a limber stick and I didn't see any evidence of him being robbed. SO I'm more upset with Blue Lives Matter sensationalizing this to stir discontinue than the actual incident which happens all the time between different races.

Dwstick
Dwstick

The assailant was already out on probation from an earlier offense?!
Uh oh! Now he’ll be put on an extra-stiff probation!

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

"Black at it again!"

cops-kid
cops-kid

Where the hell is Charles Bronson?

chiefd
chiefd

Jail hell. Send them to Nigeria or Sudan, one of the African countries with a civil war or those radical Islamic gangs.

chiefd
chiefd

Yeah, where's Al Sharpton, Obama, Jesse Jackson, all those righteous great men of color to protest and demand justice for this old Asian? Oh, that's right, the victim is not the right color.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Give him at least 10 years in prison for his Hate Crime.
Guaranteed if that was done to a Black there would be riots if the person that would have committed the Hate Crime were to get less then 20 years

No excuses 1969
No excuses 1969

Blacks, always screaming racism with no proof, yet this is what happens on a daily basis with them, and more and more they are doing it to elderly people.

Trefflek
Trefflek

It's San Francisco, CA who is surprised by this? No one! except the liberal mayor. 🙈