San Diego police seek witnesses to attack on 81-year-old man

January 2, 2022 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police are asking the public to help identify a man suspected of seriously injuring an 81-year-old Laotian man in an attack last month that is being investigated as a hate crime.

The attack happened Dec. 17 while the victim was on his morning walk in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, police said Sunday.

The victim is still recovering from his injuries, police said.

The suspect was described as a white man about 6 feet tall with an average build last seen wearing blue jeans and a light-colored jacket.

The incident happened near Porter North Elementary and investigators believe someone may have seen the attack while going to or leaving the school during morning drop-off.

Detectives will be conducting another search for witnesses near the school on Monday, when classes are back in session, the Union-Tribune reported.