Yahya Muslim arrested after attacking 91-year-old Asian man in Chinatown, Oakland; Daniel Wu, Daniel Dae Kim react

Yahya Muslim (©Alameda County Sheriff's Office)

Yahya Muslim (©Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)

Yahya Muslim, 28, violently attacked three people in Chinatown, Oakland, California, United States on January 31, 2021. The African-American man’s victims were a woman aged 55 and two men aged 60 and 91.

Muslim pushed the three elderly victims in broad daylight. The female victim half lost consciousness due to the fall and suffered a deep laceration to her chin, which required stitches.

The oldest victim, who is Asian, suffered lacerations, abrasions and a contusion to the left thumb. The other two victims are a couple.

On February 1, 2021, Muslim was placed on a psychiatric hold for a separate incident, in which he was again assaulting people in Oakland. On February 5, 2021, he was transported to Alameda County Santa Rita Jail from John George Psychiatric Pavilion in San Leandro, Alameda County.

“We are filing charges against a suspect identified as Yahya Muslim,” ABC7 News quoted Nancy O’Malley, the district attorney of Alameda County, California, as saying. “We have charged him with three counts of assault that involve three separate victims.”

According to O’Malley, Muslim has two prior felony assault convictions. He will also be charged with inflicting great bodily injury and committing a crime against an elderly person for attacking three people in Chinatown on January 31, 2021.


Before Muslim was identified as the perpetrator, Asian actors Daniel Dae Kim (김대현), 52, and Daniel Wu (吳彥祖), 46, offered a $25,000 reward for information that would lead to the suspect’s arrest. Metropolitan Bank in Oakland also contributed, raising the official reward to $30,000.

Wu was born in Berkeley,  Alameda County to Chinese parents from Shanghai, China. He has been married to French-Chinese-American model and actress Lisa Selesner, 42, since 2010.

From 2015 to 2019, Wu played Sunny in “Into the Badlands.” He is set to star in the romantic sci-fi thriller “Reminiscence” with Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson and Natalie Martinez.

Born to Korean parents in Busan, South Korea, Kim was only 1 year old when he and his family moved to the U.S. and he grew up in New York City, Easton, USA and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1990, he earned his bachelor’s degrees in theater and political science from Haverford College in Haverford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Kim played Jin-Soo Kwon in “Lost” from 2004 to 2010 and Chin Ho Kelly in “Hawaii Five-0” from 2010 to 2017. He will star in the dramatic sci-fi thriller “Stowaway” with Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette.

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