- A Filipino-American became the latest victim of what is largely seen as ‘Asian hate’ crime attack
- 59-year-old Danilo Yu Chang was on his way to his office when a man suddenly attacked him without provocation
- The San Francisco Police Department issued a statement saying a witness saw the attack
- The same witness said that after committing the deed, the attacker fled on board a public transport
Danilo Yu Chang, a 59-year-old Filipino-American was quietly walking towards his office when a man attacked him without provocation.
In a report aired on ’24 Oras,’ Yu Chang was approximately two blocks away from where he works when suddenly, the suspect shoved and punched him repeatedly.
The Fil-Am, who sustained life-threatening injuries, lost consciousness and woke up to see the San Francisco Police already there.
During his interview with GMA News, he said that the attack happened just after his lunch break Monday along the Market Street in San Francisco.
“Tinulak ako, eh, napasubsob ako. Nung pababa ako, sinuntok na ako, tuluy-tuloy na suntok. Nawalan ako ng malay, eh. Hindi ko alam kung gaano ako katagal nawalan ng malay,” Yu Chang said.
According to a report by the Manila Bulletin, Yu Chang thinks he’s a victim of a hate-crime due to the fact that his wallet, the food he bought, and his cellphone that fell to the ground were all there. Nothing was taken.
“A witness told officers that the suspect ran up to the victim and punched him in the head multiple times causing him to fall to the ground where he lay motionless,” the San Francisco Police said in a statement.
A report published by Bomboradyo stated that the police identified the suspect through a CCTV footage.
Based on witness accounts, the suspect, which police identified as George Davis Milton, boarded a minibus and fled. Yu Chang already filed charges against him.
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After one year of confining himself in his Vallejo home to avoid contracting the deadly coronavirus, Danilo Yu Chang, felt he needed to go out more often. When the travel agency he works for announced it is ready to start in-person business at its San Francisco office, Yu Chang immediately jumped at the opportunity of going back there again. On Monday, his first day of work, the Fil-Am just came from a nearby store to buy some siomai for lunch when somebody pushed him from behind and knocked him to the ground. The person then started to punch him repeatedly, causing his facial bones to break and his eyes swollen shut. Yu Chang lost consciousness at this point.
Last month, a man in New York suddenly pushed an elderly woman believed to be of Chinese descent without provocation. The dastardly act was caught by a surveillance camera and it also showed the man walking away as if nothing happened.
Earlier this month, A 74-year-old Filipino named Juanito Falcon also fell victim in what advocacy groups believe is a hate crime. Investigations showed the elderly Filipino was on a routine morning walk when he was suddenly attacked for no apparent reason. The suspect, 40-year-old Marcus Williams, was later caught by the police.
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