SFPD Announce Suspect Arrest in Assault of 83-Year-Old Man


By Alana Bleimann and Lovepreet Dhinsa

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Police Dept. Tuesday announced the arrest of 31-year-old suspect Haskell Allen for an alleged assault on an 83-year-old man.

Allen was charged on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including aggravated assault with force, elder abuse with great bodily injury, battering with great bodily injury, inflicting great bodily injury on an elder during a felony, committing a felony while on pretrial release, violation of stay-away order, and injuring a person due to perceived race.

The victim was walking on the 200 block of Turk Street when the incident occurred, around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday. Assisted by worried local community members, the victim was transported to the hospital—after walking, despite serious injuries, to medics on the 300 block of Turk Street.

Thought to be racially motivated, Allen allegedly actions included shoving the elderly victim to the ground and running off. Police said it is not clear whether or not the two men shared words or knew each other previously, but the victim reported he didn’t know the suspect.

The SFPD Night Investigations Unit (NIU) took over the investigation and, after issuing a crime bulletin, they located the suspect 12 hours after the assault. Allen was placed into custody at approximately 8:11 p.m.

At the time, Allen was on probation for a previous charge and had a stay-away court order originating from December from Turk and Hyde Streets, where the assault had taken place.

SFPD could not provide specific information regarding the stay-away order, but there had been a previous incident last December in which Allen had been accused of trespassing at a pharmacy on Powell Street.

Allen also had several outstanding warrants for alleged crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. He had been arrested at the time for the trespassing and the outstanding warrants.

The recent incidents against the Asian American population in the Bay Area have caused concerns for community safety, especially for elderly members.

SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin—who met with Asian community groups this past week—has promised to work closely with SFPD to promote safety and community care in the community.

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7 thoughts on “SFPD Announce Suspect Arrest in Assault of 83-Year-Old Man”

  1. Ron Oertel

    and injuring a person due to perceived race.

    Isn’t there an official “name” for this type of crime? Is that what Boudin is going to charge the crime as?

    And, did they mention the skin color of the alleged perpetrator (as the media usually does when a white person is the perpetrator)?  I’m not seeing that anywhere, via an Internet search. Which leads me to conclude that it probably wasn’t a white person.

    Does the media now believe that their job is to control the message, in that manner? (Pointing out that “white” racism is to be exposed and shamed, but other types don’t even exist?) When was that decision made?


  2. Ron Oertel

    Instead, we get this:

    Some said it’s important to acknowledge anti-Asian and anti-Black racism.

    Interesting way to present it, given that there apparently haven’t been any other groups involved in the high-profile cases, lately – in which Asians have been on the receiving end of the attacks.

    Just wondering if that could also (at least in theory) include “anti-White” racism.  Or, does “white privilege” mean that this simply cannot occur, according to the worldview that media is promoting? As part of that “privilege”?


      1. Ron Oertel

        Do you need me to repeat the questions?

        The underlying comment is that there is an enormous difference in how media covers these incidents, if a perpetrator is “black” vs. “white”.

        I would think that this would be an interesting topic for an intrepid reporter to cover (as part of an “honest” look at racism, and how the media tries to control the message).

        Given the definition of “intrepid”, I don’t expect to see that anytime soon.  (At least, not within the mainstream media.)

        I have even less hope of a source such as the Vanguard taking an honest, unbiased look at this difference.

        1. David Greenwald

          “Do you need me to repeat the questions?”

          If I didn’t understand what the question was – why would repeating them help? I feel like you are trying to nibble around your question – you should just say out, it out loud and clearly.

        2. Ron Oertel

          So, this is my fourth comment, and I still don’t know what you’re asking, or what part of my questions aren’t clear to you. Looking at them again right now, and I can’t imagine why you’re having trouble with them.

          I also (already) put forth what my “underlying” comment is.

  3. Alan Miller

    Where did all the comments go?

    Long time passing!

    Where did all the comments go?

    Short time ago . . .

    Where did all the comments go?

    Moderator nuked them, every one.

    When will they ever learn?

    When will they ever learn?

    — So sorry Peter, Paul & Mary!

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