An Asian father pushing his toddler in a stroller in San Francisco was shoved to the ground and pummeled in a vicious attack that left his sense of security “shattered,” he said.
The 36-year-old man, only identified as Bruce, said he was attacked while waiting to cross the street with his 1-year-old son Friday afternoon in the Mission Bay neighborhood, news station KGO-TV reported.
“I was right on the ground and in that exact second I was trying to shield my head and prevent any worse injuries,” he told the outlet.
While on the ground, he was hit with a flurry of punches as his son rolled away in the stroller, the outlet reported.
“I couldn’t protect my child. I was on the floor and he was in a stroller that was slowly rolling away, so it’s definitely very scary as a parent,” he said.
Since the attack was unprovoked, he said he hasn’t ruled out that it was racially motivated.
“My sense of security has been shattered,” he told the outlet.
The assault comes amid a wave of anti-Asian attacks across the country since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police later identified the attacker as Sidney Hammond, 26, and arrested him on charges of assault, false imprisonment and child endangerment, SF Gate reported.
Bruce said that he hopes Hammond “can be somewhere where he can’t harm anyone else or if he needs help, he can get the help he needs.”