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4.20.2010

two arrested in oakland sucker punch attack



UPDATE: It's being reported Tian Sheng Yu was taken off life support earlier today and has died: 59-year-old Oakland assault victim dies.

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Two suspects have been arrested in the beating of a 59-year-old man, who was randomly attacked last week during a shopping trip in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood: Two men arrested in Oakland attack.

The two suspects, 18-year-old Lavonte Drummer and 18-year-old Dominic Davis, are being held on suspicion of assault causing great bodily injury in the beating of Tian Sheng Yu, who remains in the intensive care unit at an Oakland hospital:
Yu and his son, 27-year-old Jin Cheng Yu, were beaten about 3 p.m. Friday as they headed to a coin and jewelry shop on the 1800 block of Telegraph Avenue, a relatively safe area increasingly known for its restaurants and nightclubs.

The younger Yu told The Chronicle that a pair of young men approached him on the sidewalk while his father parked his car and punched him in the eye for no apparent reason. He said he then told his father about the attack.

The two men looked for and found the assailants, with the elder Yu, in Chinese, asking them why they had attacked his son. The suspects hit the older man in the face and he fell to the sidewalk, apparently injuring his head, his son said.
The whole thing just doesn't make any sense. All I can come up with is that these two coward-ass thugs have no respect for anyone -- i this case, a random Chinese guy on the street. More details about the arrests are to be released today at a news conference. More here: Two arrested in vicious Oakland assault.