Nepali man brutally attacked from behind and left unconscious while grabbing food in Oakland
California: A Nepali man was brutally attacked, robbed and left unconscious while grabbing food after work in Oakland, California.
Sagar Tamang, 25, said he was attacked from behind while grabbing a hot dog from a street vendor at around 11 p.m. in front of the Fox Theater on Saturday.
Tamang reportedly felt a blow to the back of his head and was knocked unconscious. He was taken to the Highland Hospital Emergency Department, where he was treated for level-one trauma.
The 25-year-old woke up the next day with a beaten and swollen face from the assault. Tamang said he was left in an alley with most of his belongings missing, including his phone, wallet, boots, pants and coat.
“I need to be vocal about what happened to me so later on, younger people or people from the Napelese community can come forward,” Tamang said.
Tamang will not be able to go back to work as a rideshare driver for the next month. Bimala Thapa, Tamang’s girlfriend, has created a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical bills. With a goal of $30,000, the fundraiser has received nearly $13,000 in donations so far.
“These hate crimes need to stop,” Thapa wrote. “Our hearts go out to all the people who have been affected, injured and killed by this wave of racist crimes toward the Asian community. We’re originally from Nepal and longtime residents from San Francisco who just moved to the East bay. We have the right to feel safe where we live without constant fear. We will be using the funds for medical bills, neurological surgery, trauma therapy and lost wages from his job.”