You can hear the woman, who only wants to be identified as Ms. Lee, screaming in terror moments after she arrives at her niece's home after having dim sum with friends in the Richmond district.
You can see a white SUV come speeding down the street completely ignoring two people walking and doubles back to target Ms. Lee. She is knocked to the ground, held at gunpoint and robbed of her handbag. One suspect then returns to take her jewelry including a $16,000 Rolex.
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"It really changed her so much, every time she talks about it, she cries," says her longtime friend Kathie Mar, who was with her that day at the Richmond District dim sum restaurant. She says after Ms. Lee left the restaurant around 1:30 in the afternoon was unknowingly followed for miles to the Sunset neighborhood.
𝗔𝗦𝗜𝗔𝗡 𝗪𝗢𝗠𝗔𝗡 𝗥𝗢𝗕𝗕𝗘𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗝𝗘𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗥𝗬 𝗔𝗧 𝗚𝗨𝗡𝗣𝗢𝗜𝗡𝗧 𝗔𝗙𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗕𝗘𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗙𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗗 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗘𝗦 𝗜𝗡 𝗦𝗔𝗡 𝗙𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗜𝗦𝗖𝗢:— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) April 16, 2021
This woman wants to be called Ms. Lee. She was having dim sum in the Richmond 10/20 when...
"Everyone in the neighborhood thinks Sunset, Richmond is for families so everybody...no crime here. But we're hearing more and more so, these past few years," says Mar. "She is definitely afraid to go out on her own now, to get in and out of her car it's scary."
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At a community meting this week San Francisco police shared stats showing citywide assaults with firearms were the most serious rise in violent crime in 2020 which were up more than 70 percent from 2019. Reports show violent crime in the Taraval area, which includes the Sunset up 10-percent from January 2020 to this past January. In the Richmond robbery is up 67-percent.
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Mar also lives in the Sunset and wants to buck the model minority myth that Asian Americans won't speak out, especially during this time of increased attacks. So she is giving her dear friend a voice.
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"Whatever I can do to let the neighborhood know...San Francisco know."
Ms. Lee told ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim one of her attackers was arrested in Georgia this week and describes him as an Asian man. She and Mar are grateful for SFPD's work on the case and are hoping her attackers get serious jail time.
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