San Francisco police arrested a 32-year-old suspect they believe is responsible for two violent attacks, one on an Asian man, 30 minutes apart.
Authorities arrested Jorge Devis-Milton and charged him with battery, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated mayhem.
On Monday, residents reported a 64-year-old man was seen with a severe cut on his cheek on 16th and Mission. Officials quickly transported the victim to the hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries, police said.
A spokesman for the San Francisco police said the victim was White. Authorities said the suspect fled the scene of the crime by riding BART. About half an hour later, authorities said a man identified as 59-year-old Asian Danilo Yu Chang was shoved from behind and repeatedly bashed in the face and head in the Financial District, leaving him unconscious.
The victim later revealed it was his first day back working as a travel agent in San Francisco since the beginning of the pandemic. “I’ve got two black eyes, but my vision has come back on the right side, but the left is still, I cannot see from the left,” said Chang.
Authorities determined Devis-Milton may have been responsible for both attacks after reviewing surveillance footage and analyzing witness reports. Police did not classify Chang’s case as a hate crime despite the massive surge of attacks on Asian Americans, the San Francisco Gate reported.
Chang was encouraged to consider moving out of San Francisco due to fears of being attacked again. He revealed he has family in Indiana and Nevada, where he could stay. “San Francisco is deteriorating right now, the old San Francisco is gone, it’s all gone, and it’s a dangerous place to walk. It’s not safe anymore,” he said.