“I feel so scared”: Sacramento’s Little Saigon businesses worry thieves target women

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, businesses and customers in Sacramento’s Little Saigon say thieves are preying on women. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested two suspects, but detectives believe there may be more unreported victims.

Earlier this month, a 54-year-old woman unlocked her car while someone hopped out of a car next to her. Surveillance video shows the suspect snatched the victim’s phone and phone wallet case.

Shoppers and diners in Sacramento’s Little Saigon stay vigilant. Business owner Cam Phan watched the surveillance video in disbelief. “It’s not safe. I feel so scared,” she said. She told CBS13 she is often worried about her safety as her business has also been targeted by thieves.

While investigators have not said whether the robbery is racially motivated, businesses and customers say robbers are primarily after AAPI women. “As a community, we can only do so much but we need the law to protect us,” said Nikki Nguyen, vice president of Community Partners Advocate of Little Saigon Sacramento, or cPALSs. The NorCal Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and cPALSs say it is hard for the community to feel protected when suspects are not kept behind bars.

If you have been the victim and have not reported it or suspect the pair may be behind another incident, you are asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Source: CBS Sacramento

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