An Asian American father was waiting to cross the street with his 1-year-old child when a man approached and hit him from behind in San Francisco on Friday.
What happened: Bruce, 36, was outside of Gus’s Community Market by the intersection of 4th and Channel streets around 2 p.m. in Mission Bay when he was punched from behind and knocked to the ground.
In a surveillance video, the male suspect, identified as Sidney Hammond, can be seen pummeling Bruce more than a dozen times as the stroller carrying his child rolled away.
Hammond continued to try to hit Bruce as police officers patrolling the area arrested him.
Bruce told ABC7’s Dion Lim his “sense of security was shattered.”
Authorities reported the child was unhurt and Bruce was treated for “non-life-threatening injuries.”
More details: Hammond faces charges of "assault, false imprisonment and child endangerment," reported CBS SF.
The 26-year-old was arrested one month prior at the same location for a separate assault and theft after allegedly stealing from Gus’s Community Market, shoving a man onto the MUNI train tracks and hurt someone’s knee, Lim shared on Twitter.
Authorities said the attack appeared to be "random and likely not motivated by anti-Asian racism,” reported Newsweek.
The incident being racially motivated did cross Bruce’s mind, especially with the rise of anti-Asian violence over the past year and how random his attack was, he told Lim.
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