Six Asian Boys Arrested In Beating Of Latino

Cicero A. Estrella, San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2006

Six Asian male juveniles have been arrested for allegedly beating a Latino youth in Chinatown and leaving him unconscious, San Francisco police said.

The attack Friday is being treated as a hate crime because the suspects yelled racial epithets during the attack, police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

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The suspects chased the three boys and caught the victim and beat him at Pacific and Grant avenues. The two others escaped the attack and have not been located or identified, Gittens said.

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The suspects also allegedly robbed the victim of a number of personal items, he said.

The six juveniles were booked on various charges including suspicion of attempted murder, hate crimes and robbery, Gittens said.

Additionally, Bobby Saechao, 18, of Sacramento and Peter Zhong, 18, of San Francisco were cited for contributing to the delinquency of minors, Gittens said.

The department’s gang task force investigated the attack because of the large number of people involved, but it has not determined if the attackers or the victim are gang members, Gittens said.

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