Jun 18, 2021 07:22 UTC
  • 94-year-old Asian woman stabbed multiple times in San Francisco

A 94-year-old Asian woman has been stabbed multiple times in San Francisco amid recent spikes in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

The woman identified as Anh Taylor suffered multiple stab wounds on Wednesday and was taken to the hospital, the San Francisco Police Department said.

It was not clear how serious her injuries were, but authorities said she is expected to survive.

"Investigators believe the attack was unprovoked and are working to determine if race was a motivating factor," police said.

A knife was recovered near the area where the incident took place, authorities said.

Police arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with the stabbing. Daniel Cauich was released from jail earlier this month and faces multiple charges, including attempted homicide, elder abuse, committing a felony while on bail or release and probation violation.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted Wednesday night, "With the rise in attacks against members of our AAPI community, I want to be very clear that this type of violence is unacceptable and has no place in our city. We will not stand by as anyone, especially elderly members of our community, are harmed."

An analysis of hate crime data in late April showed that the rise in anti-Asian attacks has remained consistent.

Violent attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US, which have seen an alarming surge in recent years, are mainly attributed to the former US President Donald Trump for employing racist language against them.