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Elderly Asian man allegedly punched in face and his dog almost lit on fire in SF attack

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A 66-year-old laundromat owner was reportedly assaulted by a suspect who also attempted to set fire to the elderly man’s 8-year-old golden retriever in San Francisco last week.

The details: Police responded to the incident at the laundromat in Nob Hill at 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday and spoke with the elderly Asian man.

  • SF police described the incident in a statement, according to FOX, saying, “The victim told officers that he was walking his dog when he was approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect held a lighter close to the victim’s dog. The victim asked the suspect what he was doing, and the suspect became verbally confrontational. The victim attempted to walk away but the suspect followed him. The suspect spit on the victim and punched him in the face.” 
  • The assailant fled the scene and the elderly man was rushed to a local hospital.
  • ABC 7’s Dion Lim was the first to report that the suspect attempted to set Cody the dog on fire. 

The support: Neighbors have visited to the laundromat owner and Cody, who likes to sit on top of the dryers, following the incident to let the duo know that they are loved.

  • “Something very touching was seeing a young woman stop by with flowers after she heard the news,” Lim tweeted. “The owner is okay— but was taken to the hospital & had his eye wound glued. The perp allegedly called the owner the ‘N’ word before punching him.”
  • A neighbor also reportedly rushed out with “a baseball bat” to help the owner during the attack.
  • No arrests have been made at this time, according to police.

Those with information are asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or anonymously text information to TIP411.

Featured Image via codytheretriever (left), @DionLimTV (right)

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