Shocking new video coming out of Oakland’s Chinatown showing a 91-year-old man senselessly pushed to the ground has the community on high alert.
A warning — the video taken at the corner of Harrison and 8th streets outside the Asian Resource Center is disturbing to watch.
Carl Chan, president of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, says the neighborhood is under attack. As of Sunday night, he has collected more than 20 incident reports and videos of small businesses getting robbed and owners and customers assaulted.
One video shows women in an herbal shop as a suspect enters and snatches one woman’s cash and runs off.
Chan held a press conference with some business owners and city leaders Wednesday to discuss solutions such as adding extra police patrols and cameras.
“They appear to be more violent, for whatever reason and that’s why we need to stop this now,” said Captain Bobby Hookfin with the Oakland Police Department. Hookfin says many cases go unreported by residents who fear retaliation.
“I want to start by apologizing to the victims of these heinous crimes,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who also went on to attack efforts by some on the Oakland City Council to cut the city’s police budget by as much as 50 percent.
Oakland police are gathering information about this latest incident.
In a press release, OPD says the man who was pushed is 91-years-old and that after he was attacked, the suspect involved didn’t stop there.