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An Asian man was the victim of a seemingly unprovoked attack in San Francisco.

“ASIAN FATHER ATTACKED IN MISSION BAY WHILE WALKING WITH 1-YEAR-OLD IN STROLLER,” KPIX reporter Betty Yu said on Twitter. “The attack happened Friday just after 2 pm outside Gus's Community Market on 4th/Channel. SFPD was patrolling the area and immediately arrested the suspect - 26 yo Sidney Hammond,” Yu said.

Yu attached a video of the incident, which allegedly shows Hammond, a black man, throwing repeated punches at the man who appears defenseless as he crawls away on the ground.


The attack happened Friday just after 2 pm outside Gus's Community Market on 4th/Channel. SFPD was patrolling the area and immediately arrested the suspect - 26 yo Sidney [email protected]

— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) May 5, 2021

“The victim, a 36 yo Asian father said he was punched out of nowhere from behind. Police say the attack appeared to be random and no words were exchanged,” Yu reported.

“The child was unharmed, and the victim told me he’s on the mend, and shaken up.”


The victim, identified only as Bruce, told reporters his “sense of security” is now “shattered” because of the attack.

“I was right on the ground, and, in that exact second, I was trying to shield my head and prevent any worse injuries,” he said. “I couldn’t protect my child. I was on the floor, and he was in a stroller that was slowly rolling away, so it’s definitely very scary as a parent.”

The assault comes during an apparent wave of anti-Asian attacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some data indicating hate crimes against Asians are up 169% so far in 2021.

The trend has been particularly troubling in the San Francisco area, which has seen a wave of violent attacks against Asians in recent months.

The trend showed no signs of slowing during the first quarter of 2021, with one study finding Asian hate crimes are up 140% in San Francisco compared to 2020. Only New York City saw a larger spike in such crimes among U.S. large cities, registering a 223% rise in Asian hate crimes so far this year.

Police arrested Hammond on charges of assault, false imprisonment, and child endangerment.


While Bruce said he wasn’t sure if the attack against him was racially motivated, the thought did cross his mind. Speaking of his alleged attacker, Bruce said he hopes Hammond “can be somewhere where he can’t harm anyone else or if he needs help, he can get the help he needs.”

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Crime and Public Safety | Accused killer of 14-year-old Bay Area girl in 1982 gets trial date

An Oct. 3 trial has been vacated and a new one is scheduled in February for a convicted murderer and accused killer of a 14-year-old Vacaville girl four decades ago.

Solano County Superior Court Judge Daniel Healy reset the jury trial date for Marvin Ray Markle, 57, to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 6 in Department 2 in the Justice Building in Vallejo.

Marvin Ray Markle(Solano County Sheriff’s Office) 

Appearing in court on Sept. 28, Markle, charged with the 1982 bludgeoning death of De Anna Lynn Johnson, also heard Healy set a trial management conference for 10 a.m. Jan. 19.

Markle’s jury trial has been scheduled and rescheduled several times in recent months, in part because of reduced court operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In custody without bail in Solano County Jail, he is being defended by Chief Deputy Alternate Public Defender Thomas A. Barrett.

In February 2017, after a resolution of the case that went cold, Markle pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in connection to De Anna’s death when he was arrested a month earlier at Kern Valley State Prison on suspicion of murder and use of a deadly weapon to kill her. At the time of his arrest, he was serving an 80-year sentence for the murder of a Biggs woman in 2001.

It was the death of Shirley Pratt, 41, in Butte County, which led to Markle’s arrest in the Vacaville case. On the morning of Oct. 12, 2001, Pratt was found naked in the Oroville Wildlife area, dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the face. In July of 2013, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department arrested Markle, and he has remained in either county jail or state prison custody ever since.

According to court records, on the night of Nov. 15, 1982, De Anna, a Will C. Wood Junior High School student, attended a party near her Royal Oaks Drive home. Markle, then a 17-year-old student at Country High, Vacaville Unified School District’s continuation school at the time, was also at the party.

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De Anna was first reported missing after her brother, another party attendee, returned home and discovered she was not there and out past her curfew.

The next day her body was found by a Southern Pacific Railroad employee near the tracks along Elmira Road. She had been strangled, beaten and bludgeoned in the head by a rock, an autopsy report later revealed.

Despite several residents of Vacaville believing Markle was the teenager’s killer, police were never able to amass substantial evidence that tied him — a well-known bully, Johnson’s friends said — to the crime and the case went cold.

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed its complaint against Markle on July 31, 2017, and a preliminary hearing was held on Jan. 16 and 17, 2018.

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