Elderly Filipina assaulted in San Diego, California as anti-Asian attacks rise in the US

Published February 18, 2021, 11:25 AM

by Jaleen Ramos

An elderly Filipino woman was assaulted in a random attack on a San Diego trolley on Monday, February 15.


The suspect, an unidentified man, allegedly punched the woman for no reason at all, according to a report from ABC 10News. 

Several witnesses helped the unidentified woman report the violent attack to the police. She was treated at a local hospital. No arrest has been reported. 

“My first reaction is anger and then I was just sad for her,” JoAnn Fields, a community advocate and director of the Filipino Resource Center, told ABC 10News.

The attack was the latest in the recent  surge of violence targeting elderly Asian Americans. 

On January 31, an 84-year-old Thai national, Vicha Ratanapakdee, was walking in the San Francisco area when an unidentified man ran across the street and violently shoved him to the ground. His head hit the pavement and later died.

Days later, a 91-year-old Asian man was also violently shoved to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown.

Also in early February, a Filipino American had to receive almost 100 stitches after he was slashed by another passenger on the New York City subway.

Noel Quintana, 61, who is based in New York, said the assailant was reportedly kicking his backpack during the train ride and when he confronted him to stop, the man attacked him and slashed his face with a box cutter.

Read more: 100 stitches for Filipino who was slashed by another passenger in NYC subway

“To see this trend, this awful trend happening throughout the United States should put us on alert,” Fields said.

Stop AAPI Hate, an online organization tracking Anti-asian hate incidents, has received more than 2,800 reports from March to December, 2020.