A 69-year-old Asian man was repeatedly pistol-whipped and robbed of his watch in a broad-daylight attack caught on home surveillance video last week in northern California, KNTV-TV reported.
The mayor of Daly City — where the attack took place — called it "truly shocking," the station added.
Daly City is about 20 minutes southwest of San Francisco, which has seen a huge spike in brazen crime in the last few years. Violence against Asians has risen in San Francisco and all over the Bay Area as well in that period of time.
What are the details?
Video shows the victim struggling with the suspect next to a pickup truck in the 1300 block of Skyline Drive around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, KNTV reported. The assailant hits the victim multiple times with a handgun as he orders the elderly man to give up his watch.
"Gimme the watch!" the crook is heard hollering at the victim as the sound of the gun smacking against the victim's head also is audible. "Take it off!" he also yells at the elderly man, who can be heard crying out.
Soon the crook appears to take the watch from the victim, after which he runs to a waiting red sports car with tinted windows and hops in the passenger seat. The car's driver of then floors it at a dangerously high speed down the residential street.
KNTV said the victim was treated at the scene for his injuries.
The station said no description was immediately available for the suspect who remained at large Friday. However, video showed the suspect appeared to be wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and white sneakers.
Daly City Mayor Rod Daus-Magbual said in a Friday statement in regard to the incident that the city has "zero tolerance for anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander attacks of any kind," KNTV reported.
The mayor added that he's "working closely with our city's management and police department to ensure a thorough investigation," the station said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Robert McCarthy at 650-991-8174, KNTV added.