SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – BART police are investigating the brutal beating of an Asian woman.
She was slapped several times in the face by the suspect who stole her cell phone and ran away.
A BART ride to work for a woman ended with a trip to the hospital.
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She shared pictures of the injuries she suffered Tuesday morning with community organizer Max Leung.
Injuries, she says, were caused by a young African American.
According to BART police, the suspect approached the victim on a train heading north between the 16th and the Civic Center.
Leung says the man slapped the victim several times in the face before stealing her cell phone and other belongings and then running away.
“It all happened so quickly that nobody could intervene,” said Leung.
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Witnesses helped her get to a hospital. She is home now and recovering.
BART says there’s no evidence that this was a hate crime, but Leung says black becomes all too common in Asian attacks.
“The relationship between the Asian and African-American communities – there definitely needs to be a lot of healing and communication, and deliberate work towards solidarity and unity,” Leung said.
Leanna Louie Agrees – She founded the United Peace Collaborative, a group of volunteers who patrol San Francisco’s Chinatown.
“One of the things we try as an organization is to work with other color communities. We have been invited to several African American churches to share our time with them, ”Louie said.
Max Leung says the victim is in a good mood but is afraid of another attack.