An elderly woman in San Francisco fought off an attacker on Wednesday, with both the victim and the assailant taken to a hospital after the incident.
Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, told KPIX 5 in the Northern California city that she was waiting at a traffic light when a man allegedly punched her in her left eye.
The local station described it as just the latest attack against an Asian American person in the city. Attacks on the Asian American community have been on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Xie said she fought back against the man with a nearby stick and, after authorities arrived at the scene, the man was taken away in a stretcher.
The woman’s daughter, Dong-Mei Li, told KPIX 5 that her mother is “very traumatized” and her eye was still bleeding later on Wednesday.
She has also been unable to eat and is scared to leave her senior retirement home.
Xie, a 26-year resident of San Francisco, told KPIX 5 that the attack was completely unprovoked.
She and the man were both taken to a hospital for treatment after the incident. Xie had returned to her home by Wednesday night.
KPIX 5 sports director Dennis O’Donnell tweeted video from the scene after the woman was attacked. It shows her face swollen and bruised as she cries.
The alleged attacker appears on a stretcher with injuries to his face.
Just came upon an attack on an elderly Asian woman on Market Street San Francisco. Effort I got more details pic.twitter.com/5o8r0eeHE2
— Dennis O'Donnell (@DennisKPIX) March 17, 2021
“You bum, why did you hit me?” Xie says in the video.
San Francisco police told KPIX 5 that they are investigating the incident
Xie’s family launched a GoFundMe for her to cover medical expenses following her attack.
A recent study from California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism showed that hate crimes against Asian Americans in 16 of the country’s largest cities have spiked nearly 150 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic.