Robert Bonds, 51, is one of the Americans arrested in March 2021 on suspicion of attacking an Asian-American elderly person in California, United States. Like the other suspects, he was able to enjoy some privacy because authorities neither released his mug shot nor revealed his residence.
The attack was unprovoked like the previous ones in California. Authorities were not able to establish that it was racially motivated just like the previous ones.
Bonds allegedly threatened the driver of a commercial box truck with a knife in the 200 block of South Montgomery Street in San Jose, California on the morning of March 19, 2021. The former allegedly forced the latter out of the vehicle and a bystander who tried to intervene narrowly escaped being stabbed.
Driving the stolen box truck, Bonds fled and got into a hit-and-run crash near of Capitol Expressway and Silver Creek Road in San Jose, according to police. On a residential street around a half mile away, he abandoned the vehicle before burglarizing a residence on Dove Hill Road in San Jose.
With the tools stolen from the residence, Bonds allegedly approached an elderly woman of Filipino descent. She was getting into her car when he allegedly hit her on the head with a blunt tool and forced her to give him her car keys.
A source told the East Bay Times that the victim suffered head injury that required staples. Her name has yet to be released.
The Filipina elderly woman was able to go back to her home and call the police. The officers who responded found Bonds walking nearby and arrested him.
Held on $225,000 bail, Bonds was booked into the Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas, Santa Clara County, California. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking and robbery.
The number of attacks on Asian American seniors in California has been increasing recently. Because of this, 10 to 14 trained volunteers are needed to patrol Japantown, San Jose either on bicycles or on foot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.
The program was presented by Japantown Prepared and the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose. It was based on the United Peace Collaborative, which Leanna Louie started in Chinatown, San Francisco, according to Rafu Shimpo.