Racism suspected in some acts of vandalism in San Francisco
Police are investigating dozens of cases of vandalism in various neighborhoods in San Francisco that have taken place over the past two weeks.
Investigators say the cases could be linked.
Those responsible were seen riding scooters and using slingshots.
Police say there are ten cases in Chinatown so far.
Surveillance video shows a man walking with a scooter and using a slingshot to vandalize Hon’s Wun-Tun House on Kearny Street.
It happened at 5 a.m. on Saturday.
Owner Amanda Yan points to three places where her glass door and windows were damaged.
She says the vandalism is adding to her financial struggle to cope with the loss of business due to the pandemic.
“I feel overwhelmed,” Yan says.
On Grant Avenue, the owner of the Bow Hon restaurant had to pick up the pieces of his broken window.
It was broken early Monday morning.
In Cantonese, Sherman Wong tells KTVU that he will do everything possible to keep his business afloat.
It has been his livelihood for nearly 25 years.
Police said similar attacks took place in other trade corridors, including Ocean Avenue.
“We have a lot of files gathered. We are actively looking for the suspect,” said Police Captain Julian Ng.
He says not all businesses vandalized with a slingshot are owned by Asians.
But a restaurant owner says she suspects some of the vandalism may be racially motivated.
“It was really, really disappointing,” says Jaynery Mak, owner of Dim Sum Corner.
She says her windows were hit by a slingshot last Thursday and again on Saturday.
“I was born and educated here in San Francisco. This is the worst I’ve ever seen in the city and in crime,” says Mak.
“I sent an email to the mayor and the board of directors,” says Eva Lee of the Chinatown Merchants Association.
She says she called on city leaders to help stop the attacks. “It’s relentless. It’s actually outrageous to me, everything that’s happened. You know it’s anti-Asian.”
The Merchants Association says it is working on installing surveillance cameras along Grant Avenue by September.
Police said they had stepped up their patrols and were working with a non-profit organization to provide relief funds to help business owners pay for repairs.
Investigators did not say whether the same person vandalizes all the businesses.