San Francisco’s police union is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who assaulted an elderly woman in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley on Tuesday.
The woman, who has been identified by family as 89-year-old Yik Oi Huang, was brutally beaten and suffered life-threatening injuries in the assault, which was discovered after officers responded at 6:50 a.m. to the 1000 block of Visitacion Avenue on a burglary call.
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Witnesses located the victim at a nearby park with multiple traumatic injuries.
Police Officer Grace Gatpandan described the assault as an elder abuse case.
Granddaughter Sasanna Yee said in a Facebook post that a neighbor had spotted a man inside Huang’s home after see the front door open, which prompted the call to police. She noted in her post that it was the second time her grandmother’s home had been broken in to.
Supervisor Shamann Walton condemned the “senseless violence” in a hastily called press conference on Wednesday, and renewed calls made during his election camapign for a police substation staffed with bilingual officers who can assist the Chinese speaking community in Visitacion Valley.
Officials with the San Francisco Police Officers Association said they are planning to propose immediate action to address safety in the neighborhood when they formally announce the reward Friday morning.