Murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee
The murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee occurred on January 28, 2021 when 19-year-old black male Antoine Watson violently assaulted 84-year-old Asian man Vicha Ratanapakdee, who later died of his injuries.
|Murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee|
Footage of the murder
|Location||Anza Vista neighborhood, San Francisco, CA|
|Coordinates||37°46′47″N 122°26′36″W / 37.779600°N 122.443450°W|
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|Date||January 28, 2021 |
|Victims||Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84-year-old Asian male|
According to KTVU news,
Police in San Francisco arrested a 19-year-old Daly City man on suspicion of murder for a brazen attack last week on an 84-year-old man in the city’s Anza Vista neighborhood, officials said Sunday.
San Francisco police arrested Antoine Watson on Saturday after serving a warrant at a home in Daly City. He was booked on suspicion of murder, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.
Officers also arrested 20-year-old Maylasia Goo on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact.
The victim was identified by family members as Vicha Ratanapakdee, a native of Thailand who lived in San Francisco.
The attack happened around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Paramedics responded to the scene and found the victim lying on the sidewalk at Anzavista and Fortuna avenues, police said.
Security video of the incident captured by a neighbor and shared with KTVU show a man barrelling into the victim before taking off running.
Paramedics rushed Ratanapaddee to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Investigators later recovered the video of the attack and determined the assailant had fled with a female associate, police said.
A tactical unit served the warrant and arrested Watson and Goo at a home on the 500 block of Lisbon Street in Daly City around 8:45 p.m. Saturday.
Security footage provided by a neighbor recorded the attack:
In an interview with reporters, Ratanapakdee's family reported that they believe the attack was racially motivated, and they had been receiving anti-Asian verbal attacks since the beginning of the pandemic. Ratanapakdee's son-in-law described the elderly man as nearly blind, and a gentle person who loved his family.
Ratanapakdee's family has started a GoFundMe, which as of Feb 2, 2021 has raised $11,050.