As the pandemic intensified, Asian attacks were experienced from different parts of the world, especially in America.
Just recently, an elderly Filipina American was attacked and also robbed near Bay Area. The victim was identified as Antonette Solis, 68-years-old.
According to reports, the incident happened in Oakland’s Chinatown while she was shopping last Friday, April 30.
In broad daylight, an unidentified man snatched the purse of Solis then pushing her down into the pavement.
“I’m buying mango and all of a sudden somebody grabbed my body and dropped me here,” says Solis. “I didn’t see it. He grabbed me in the back. Grabbed me, trying to get my purse, and he took it.”
This is Antoinette Solis. I asked for her permission to record her. She’s from San Leandro. She was shopping for mangoes ? in Oakland’s Chinatown when a man stole her purse that had $200+ in cash. She says she hit her head very hard on the concrete. #StopAsianHate @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/9lNcTwfmo5
— Melissa Colorado (@melissacolorado) April 30, 2021
After she was pushed, Solis also hit her head on the concrete pretty hard. She immediately reported the incident to the police but they didn’t arrive at the scene.
Solis said that her purse contained $300 cash as well as a jade bracelet that’s very important to her. Reports by the NBC Bay Area said that one of the volunteer foot patrol team witnessed the incident and was able to memorize the plate license of the attacker.
There’s an intense call to stop the violence against Asians in the United States but due to the pandemic, the number keeps on increasing. From March 19, 2020, until February 28, 2021, there are total cases of 3,795 first-hand incidents reported. Out of that number, 503 incidents happened in the first two months of 2021.