Who is Xiao Zhen Xie?
Xiao Zhen Xie is an Asian-American elderly woman who reportedly became the latest victim in a wave of attacks on Asians in the Bay Area after she was allegedly attacked on Market Street, in San Francisco, on Wednesday, March 17. However, she managed to defend herself and left her assailant with injuries.
Speaking to KPIX 5 from her retirement home in San Francisco, Xie revisited the attack and the injuries she sustained. Her daughter Dong-Mei Li helped translate what she was saying. “Very traumatized, very scared and this eye is still bleeding,” Li told the station.
“The right eye still cannot see anything and still bleeding and we have something to absorb the bleeding.”
How old is Xiao Zhen Xie?
Xiao Zhen Xie is 75 years old as of the year 2021.
Asian Lady Beats Attacker: Xiao Zhen Xie San Francisco
Zhen Xie has been residing in San Francisco for 26 years and was understandably quite shaken up after the alleged unprovoked attack.
She recalled how her immediate instinct was to fight back. Zhen Xie was reportedly waiting at the traffic light when the suspect, reported to be 39-years-old, allegedly socked her in the left eye. Zhen Xie claimed she had been leaning against a light pole when the man, who hasn’t been identified, allegedly punched her without provocation. She recalls that she immediately defended herself from further assault and eventually sent her alleged attacker to the ER on a stretcher.
“She found the stick around the area and fought back,” her daughter told KPIX 5.
Steven Jenkins San Francisco
According to the report, Zhen Xie is unable to see out of her left eye and hasn’t been able to eat. The family has since set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $50,000 to help cover medical expenses. At the time of writing the campaign has collected $25,084.
Steven Jenkins is the man accused of assaulting two elderly Asian people within minutes of each other in San Francisco. The attacks occurred around 10 a.m. on March 17 near the United Nations Plaza. Jenkins faces two charges of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and two charges of elder abuse.
Xiao Zhen Xie Video
The alleged aggravated assault, which took place at Market St. and Charles J. Brenham Place near McAllister St. at around 10:30 am is being investigated by San Francisco police. “There was a guy on a stretcher and a frustrated angry woman with a stick in her hand,” one witness told KPIX 5.
Witnesses told the station how they saw the woman beating her assailant, who was later seen on video handcuffed to a stretcher with his face bloodied. “You bum, why did you hit me?” the sobbing victim was heard asking her assailant as he’s being taken away.
“This bum, he hit me,” she later told the crowd of people who had gathered. “He hit me, this bum,“ she was heard repeating in Chinese.
Just came upon an attack on an elderly Asian woman on Market Street San Francisco. Effort I got more details pic.twitter.com/5o8r0eeHE2
— Dennis O’Donnell (@DennisKPIX) March 17, 2021
Authorities are yet to disclose a motive for the allegedly unprovoked attack and it’s unclear whether the victim’s race had anything to do with it. ABC 7 reports this attack happened just minutes after the assailant allegedly attacked another Asian man in the area.