The man charged with stabbing two elderly Asian women unprovoked in San Francisco, California, last week refused to leave his jail cell to appear in court for his arraignment on Friday.
The Associated Press reported that Patrick Thompson, 54, was supposed to be arraigned on Friday “on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse,” but since he didn’t show up in court, the arraignment was postponed until Monday. District Attorney Chesa Boudin asked Judge Brian Ferral to hold Thompson without bail in the meantime, a request that was granted.
KRON 4 reported that Thompson is accused of stabbing two elderly Asian women who were waiting for a bus last Tuesday.
“Police say on Tuesday Thompson walked up to the two women and without warning stabbed them with a long, Army-type knife while they were waiting for their bus on Market Street,” the outlet reported. “The victims are in their 60’s and mid-80’s.”
KRON also reported that Thompson has a history of criminal activity, including a 2017 arrest and conviction for “stabbing a man with scissors at a homeless shelter in San Francisco” and a 2006 arrest for the possession or purchase of cocaine. Between 2018 and 2020, Thompson was reportedly in a mental health program.
“If he is convicted of this latest attack, prosecutors say it could carry a life sentence,” KRON reported.
Earlier this week, the outlet reported that Thompson’s victims were in stable condition. The family of one of the women provided the outlet with a statement:
Thank you for the outpouring of love and support for our family! Our grandmother is stable and recovering from her surgery. She has spoken with my dad over the phone and is in relatively good spirits. She is an absolute fighter and we know she will bounce back from this. The community has been extremely supportive with their kind words and donations.
Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by these heinous hate crimes. We just want to feel safe in our community. I once thought that this could never happen to me or my family. Please look out for your loved ones!! Give them hugs and hold them tight.
The outlet at that time discussed what it said was a recent wave of hate crimes against Asian Americans, neglecting to point out that many of the perpetrators have been black, including Thompson.
Last month, a Black Lives Matter activist was charged with an anti-Asian hate crime even though he had repeatedly posted online against “hate.”
KTTH’s Jason Rantz reported that police have charged Christopher Hamner of Seattle with a hate crime stemming from two incidents in mid-March:
On March 16, Seattle police say Hamner approached a mother as she was driving with her two young children. The police incident report says an unprovoked but angry Hamner stalked toward her car while shouting expletives including “Asian b—-.” He was allegedly seen “punching his fists together” while shouting for the victim to get out of the car. Before escaping, she was able to take photos of the suspect.
Three days later, on March 19, Hamner is accused in a similar incident.
According to the incident report, two females were driving behind Hamner when he stopped his car at random. When the victims tried to drive past him, he cut them off, opened his door, and started to yell at them, “F— you, Asian!”
Police say Hamner then got out of his car and started to charge at them while yelling. He threw some plastic object at their vehicle and then they drove off to escape what they thought was the threat of an imminent assault.
The victim’s car was equipped with a dashboard camera. Police were able to positively identify Hamner.
Another suspect arrested for an attack against a 61-year-old Asian man in East Harlem is also black.