Mother's Day assault in Chinatown leaves elderly woman hospitalized

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A 77-year-old woman spent Mother’s Day in the hospital when one of her frequent Muni rides between Chinatown and Japantown turned violent. The assault is among a rising number of such crimes in the area, according to police.

As she exited a bus at mid-afternoon in Chinatown, the elderly woman was struck across the head at least twice by a suspect described only as a black female, Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

The woman’s attacker was not apprehended, but a good samaritan came to the elderly woman’s aid, helping her away from the Muni bus and onto a nearby sidewalk on Stockton Street.

She is still hospitalized more than a week later with life-threatening injuries.

The woman is a Muni-regular who is known to ride the 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 30 Stockton and the 45 Union lines, police said.

When compared to last year, the Central Station has recorded a 13 percent uptick in aggravated assaults between January and April. In March, there were 30 percent more aggravated assaults than in AprilBay Area NewsChinatownCrimeCrime & CourtsMother's DaySan Francisco Crime

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