Haskell Allen, 31, of San Francisco, California, United States has been arrested. He was accused of assaulting an elderly man on Valentine’s Day.
Allen allegedly pushed an Asian man, 83, to the pavement without provocation while the latter was walking on the 200 block of Turk Street in Tenderloin, San Francisco on the morning of February 14, 2021. Shortly after 8:00 p.m., the suspect was arrested on Turk and Hyde streets in San Francisco.
Passersby assisted the victim, who is not yet identified, before medics arrived and transported him to the hospital. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening, San Francisco Police Department officer Robuert Rueca told the San Francisco Examiner.
It was not the first time Allen was arrested. He was accused of trespassing at a retail store with a pharmacy on the 100 block of Powell Street in San Francisco on December 10, 2020.
When police officers arrested Allen for trespassing, they also found out that he was wanted on several outstanding warrants for alleged crimes including burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He was on probation and had a court order to stay away from the area where he was arrested on Valentine’s Day.
Currently, Allen is in the custody of the San Francisco County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault with force, elder abuse with great bodily injury, battery with great bodily injury, inflicting great bodily injury on an elder during a felony, committing a felony while on pretrial release, violation of a stay-away order and injuring a person due to perceived race.
According to San Francisco State University‘s Asian-American studies professor Russell Jeung, assaults and racism have created a climate of fear and anxiety in many Asian-American communities. There is a need to document the racism directed towards Asians because mainstream society does not believe that they face racism, Gwinnett Daily Post quoted the professor as saying.