Attack on elderly Asian man deemed ‘potential hate crime’


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Police are looking for witnesses to an attack on an elderly Asian man that took place in the Lincoln Park neighborhood near Porter North Elementary School last month.

Police were investigating the attack as a hate crime and said there may have been witnesses who were going to or from the school for morning drop-offs at the time of the assault.

Sometime between 9:07 a.m. and 9:14 a.m. on Dec. 17, 81-year-old Mark Sanouvong, who is Laotian, was walking southbound past Porter North Elementary on South 47th Street and Franklin Avenue, according to Lt. Al Ambito of the San Diego Police Department.

Sanouvong was suddenly attacked by a stranger, causing severe injuries, the lieutenant said.

The assault spilled into the middle of South 47th Street and Ocean View Boulevard, bringing traffic to a halt.

The suspect was described as a man about 40 years old, wearing a light- colored jacket, possibly a tan Dickies brand “Eisenhower” jacket with a front zipper, blue jeans, and carrying a large bag. He was about six-feet tall, average build, with brown hair.

Sanouvong was still being treated for his injuries as of Sunday, police said.

Detectives will conduct another search for witnesses near Porter North Elementary School on Monday.

Anyone with information about the attack was asked to contact the SDPD or Crime Stoppers.

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