SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A UPS driver was doing his job when a thief stole a package from his car and then hit him in the middle of a street in San Francisco.
The victim opened up for the first time exclusively to Betty Yu from KPIX 5.
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“They start hitting me in the face and they’re hitting me in the teeth, I’ve lost two teeth here,” Minh describes the attack. “They hit my back and I fell and the front wheel ran over my feet.”
KPIX 5 received the viral video with the permission of the driver who filmed it near 2pm on Thursday near Gough and Market Streets. It shows Minh trying to defend himself in the attack. The suspect hits him in the middle of the street before running away.
Minh said he pointed to the package because he thought the driver nearby would come to his aid. It turned out to be the driver of the getaway car. The attacker then falls to the ground and tries to break into the vehicle.
“He tried to escape. I said ‘no, give it back to me’ and he tried to run in the middle of the street, ”Minh explained.
He said the suspect first stole a package from his shopping cart while making a delivery. Minh tried to find it again.
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“At the moment, most Asian delivery drivers are spending their lives on jobs and my father was just trying to do his job to the fullest,” said Minh’s daughter Tiffany. “So he didn’t have to run after this man, but this man had to use force against him, which was not appropriate.”
In the end, the suspect didn’t get away with anything; he also fell hard when he tried to get into the moving getaway car.
Minh spent Monday hobbling to various doctor appointments and having his front teeth replaced. He shared photos of injuries sustained to his foot and face.
“We’re just glad Karma hit him quickly when he couldn’t even get into his car,” said Tiffany. “We just hope that he learns from this, that he learns that this is not right.”
Minh is the sole provider of his family of five and cannot work while he is recuperating. His daughter started a GoFundMe to support the family. He is also the only member of his family who can drive a car. He finds it difficult to come to multiple doctor’s appointments.
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The police did not make any arrests in this case.