Stop Asian Hate

San Francisco man charged in hate-crime assault on several Asians

By Gilda P. Balan, Correspondent

SAN FRANCISCO  —  For assaulting with a knife several young Chinese men last month, a resident of this city has been arrested and charged with a hate crime.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins recently announced that local resident Anell Medrano will face assault with a deadly weapon charge, with a special hate-crime allegation following a March 28 attack on several young men at Polk and Vallejo Streets.

A CBS News report said Medrano was arraigned on April 1. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Last March 28, Medrano allegedly assaulted several Chinese men who were working as volunteers for the non-profit Self-Help for the Elderly. The suspect committed felony assault while shouting racist statements at the victims, who were not identified by the police.

As of this writing, Medrano is in custody. Bail has been set at $50,000, but prosecutors have sought pre-trial detention of Medrano because of the risk he poses to public safety.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, April 15 for a preliminary hearing on the case, according to the DA.

While charges have already been filed against Medrano, the case remains under active investigation.

In a statement, Jenkins said, “Anti-Asian hate crimes are unacceptable, and these baseless attacks have absolutely no place on our streets in San Francisco.”

The SF DA also said, “Hate crimes shake our communities and have reverberating effects felt in neighborhoods across the city. My office stays committed to prosecuting hate crimes against all races, religions, and groups when we have the evidence necessary to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to inform the San Francisco Police Department’s Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411. Tipsters may remain anonymous, according to the SFPD.