Attack mars 75-year-old’s Thanksgiving-night walk

The cold Thanksgiving night may have been filled with turkey and pie for most residents, but for 75-year-old South San Francisco native Basilio “Frank” Casias, it was a night of shocking surprises.

After finishing his Thanksgiving meal, Casias went on his usual walk through the residential neighborhood, according to South City police. As he was returning home, a car passed him on Alhambra Road and suddenly stopped.

Two white men allegedly got out of the car and approached Casias. Police said they did not ask for money or possessions, but instead attacked the old man with an unidentified weapon.

One of the suspects reportedly hit Casias with a hard object, causing a one-inch laceration under his left eye. Casias fell on the ground from the blow and scraped his knees, police said. The second suspect allegedly tried to kick him, but Casias managed to get up and swing his walking cane, hitting the much taller suspect on the neck.

According to the police, the suspects got back into the vehicle, described as a blue or light green sedan similar to a Honda or Toyota, and fled the area.

The attack reportedly took place only half a block from Casias’ house. He walked back home, where his relatives transported him to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. He has since been released.

“He just kind of reacted in self-defense,” said Officer Jason Fukushima of South San Francisco Police Department, who is investigating the case. “I was very proud of him.”

He said the victim did not think the suspects were drunk or under the influence of drugs.

Police said that the motive for the attack is still unclear. The suspects are described as 18-20 years old, both approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds and wearing blue shirts and dark pants.

Anyone with information regarding the assault is asked to call the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900.

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