SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON/AP) – San Francisco police identified 54-year-old Patrick Thompson in the stabbing of two Asian American women Tuesday afternoon in the Mid-Market neighborhood.
According to witnesses, Thompson was clutching a knife while walking down Market Street when he approached a bus stop, stabbed the two women, then walked away.
The stabbing happened around 5 p.m. in the area of 4th and Stockton.
The suspect was arrested around two hours later in the 600 block of Eddy Street.
Both of the victims, ages 63 and 84-years old, were taken to the hospital and at last check were listed in stable condition.
Police didn’t immediately indicate whether the victims were specifically targeted or whether the attack might be a hate crime.
The family of one of the victims did not want to be interviewed, but provided the following statement to KRON4:
“Thank you for the outpouring of love and support for our family! Our grandmother is stable and recovering from her surgery. She has spoken with my dad over the phone and is in relatively good spirits. She is an absolute fighter and we know she will bounce back from this. The community has been extremely supportive with their kind words and donations.
Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by these heinous hate crimes. We just want to feel safe in our community. I once thought that this could never happen to me or my family. Please look out for your loved ones!! Give them hugs and hold them tight.”VICTORIA ENG AND ENG FAMILY
Asian Americans have been the targets of unprovoked attacks in the Bay Area and elsewhere in the nation in recent months.
California prosecutors have filed assault and hate crime charges against a man accused of an attack last week in which he allegedly yelled racial slurs before knocking down Carl Chan, president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.
In separate San Francisco attacks in March, an 83-year-old Vietnamese man was knocked down and broke his neck in the fall, and a 77-year-old woman was similarly attacked. Police arrested a man on charges of assault and elder abuse in both cases.
Another 83-year-old Bay Area man was pushed down in February, broke a hip, and spent weeks in the hospital and in rehabilitation.
In New York, a man was arrested last month on hate crimes charges in connection with last month’s attack on a Chinese immigrant in East Harlem.
The 61-year-old victim was collecting cans when he was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground and kicked in the head.
That attack echoed an earlier assault on a Filipina American woman near Times Square.
A parolee who had been convicted of killing his mother two decades ago was arrested.