Murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee


The murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee occurred on January 28, 2021 when 19-year-old black male Antoine Watson violently assaulted 84-year-old Asian man Vicha Ratanapakdee, who later died of his injuries.

Murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee
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Footage of the murder
LocationAnza Vista neighborhood, San Francisco, CA
Coordinates37°46′47″N 122°26′36″W / 37.779600°N 122.443450°W / 37.779600; -122.443450
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DateJanuary 28, 2021
8:30 AM[1]
Attack type
Murder
VictimsVicha Ratanapakdee, 84-year-old Asian male
Assailant
  • Antoine Watson, 19-year-old black male
Antoine Watson
Criminal charge
  • Suspicion of murder
  • Elder abuse
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
Maylasia Goo
Criminal charge
  • Suspicion of being an accessory after the fact
Victim Vicha Ratanapakdee

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Incident[edit]

According to KTVU news,[1]

Police in San Francisco arrested a 19-year-old Daly City man on suspicion of murder for a brazen attack last week on an 84-year-old man in the city’s Anza Vista neighborhood, officials said Sunday.

San Francisco police arrested Antoine Watson on Saturday after serving a warrant at a home in Daly City. He was booked on suspicion of murder, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers also arrested 20-year-old Maylasia Goo on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact.

The victim was identified by family members as Vicha Ratanapakdee, a native of Thailand who lived in San Francisco.

The attack happened around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Paramedics responded to the scene and found the victim lying on the sidewalk at Anzavista and Fortuna avenues, police said.

Security video of the incident captured by a neighbor and shared with KTVU show a man barrelling into the victim before taking off running.

Paramedics rushed Ratanapaddee to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Investigators later recovered the video of the attack and determined the assailant had fled with a female associate, police said.

A tactical unit served the warrant and arrested Watson and Goo at a home on the 500 block of Lisbon Street in Daly City around 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

Security footage provided by a neighbor recorded the attack:

In an interview with reporters, Ratanapakdee's family reported that they believe the attack was racially motivated, and they had been receiving anti-Asian verbal attacks since the beginning of the pandemic.[1] Ratanapakdee's son-in-law described the elderly man as nearly blind, and a gentle person who loved his family.[1]

Ratanapakdee's family has started a GoFundMe, which as of Feb 2, 2021 has raised $11,050.

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