San Diego Police investigate racially charged assault on elderly Asian-American resident

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  The San Diego Police Department is investigating a hate crime after a man assaulted an 81-year-old Asian American man on the morning of Dec. 17 while he was on a walk in Southeastern San Diego.

On Good Morning San Diego, KUSI’s Allie Wagner was out at Scripps Mercy Hospital, where Mark Sonouvong is currently recovering from the assault, to give us more updates about the investigation.

Around 10 a.m. that day, an apparent transient asked the elderly man, Mark Sonouvong, about his ethnicity, then knocked him to the ground and beat him.

San Diego’s Asian Pacific Islander Initiative wants to create a rapid response action plan to engage local government, media, and businesses, collect data, better educate communities on these events, and prepare all of San Diego to be safe.

Specifically, they want to educate target areas in which these hate crimes occur, Fields said.

To learn more about the investigation as information arises, visit

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