Two shocking attacks against Filipinos in the San Francisco Bay Area have the community on edge as anti-Asian sentiments and acts continue to rise in the United States amid the pandemic.
Danilo Yu Chang, 59, who is of Filipino and Chinese descent, said he was on a lunch break at work in San Francisco’s financial district on Monday when someone pushed him from the behind and started beating him up.
Chang said he even lost consciousness and when he woke up, there was blood everywhere.
On Tuesday, police confirmed that they have arrested 32-year-old Jorge Davis Milton in connection with the attack. Milton has no home address and faces multiple felony charges.
Chang told the media he wants to move out of San Francisco.
An hour away in San Jose, 32-year-old Johan Strydom faces assault charges with hate crime enhancements.
Strydom allegedly attacked a 26-year-old Filipina medical worker at Diridon Caltrain Station last week.
The victim, who is only identified as Tiffany, said she was tossed around and dragged by the suspect while shouting expletives at her for being Asian and for being a woman.
Strydom reportedly suffers from a mental illness that is intensified by homelessness.
Tiffany told the media she does not feel safe riding the train again.
Both Filipino victims said these attacks on Asian Americans have to stop.