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Two older Asian women stabbed in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday Updated: 2021-05-06 16:31:20 KST

Hate crimes against Asians are a rising problem in the U.S. and on Tuesday two older Asian women were stabbed in downtown San Francisco while standing at a bus stop.

"It was a pretty big knife. It had knuckles on the handle and the blade had holes in there, like a military knife."

The women, one who is in her 60s and the other in her 80s, are still in hospital, receiving treatment for multiple stab wounds.
The San Francisco Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday that neither are in critical condition.
At 7 PM, two hours after the incident, a man named Patrick Thompson was arrested. Police say Thompson faces two counts of attempted murder and two counts of elder abuse.
A motive has not yet been determined,.. but an investigation is underway to decide whether the incident can be treated as a hate crime.

"This is something that is happening to Asian people in our community, specifically. This is a pattern."

Also in San Francisco on Tuesday, an Asian-American father of a one-year-old child was attacked outside a grocery store.
He was with his child, waiting to cross the street and was suddenly knocked to the ground after being punched multiple times.
The man, who wants to be called "Bruce", said that it was "very scary" seeing his child in the stroller, rolling away while he was on the ground.
Nearby San Francisco police arrested someone shortly after a 26-year-old man named Sidney Hammond.
The attack appeared to be random and Hammond is facing charges of assault, false imprisonment and child endangerment.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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