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Authorities have arrested a man they say is suspected of stabbing two Asian women without warning in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday.

Police were dispatched to 4th and Stockton Street shortly before 5 p.m., and found the injured women who were taken to a hospital, the Associated Press reported. There was no direct information about their conditions.

Witnesses told KPIX-TV that a man holding a knife was walking on Market Street when he approached a bus stop, stabbed the women and then walked away.

Police did not immediately say whether the women were targeted or whether the attack could be a hate crime.

Matt Haney, a representative of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, expressed outrage Tuesday over the incident.

“A disgusting and horrific attack on Market St this afternoon by two Asian adults,” he said on Twitter. “I was in close contact with SFFD and SFPD. The suspect had just been arrested. The victims are in the hospital. #StopTheAttacks #StopAsianHate.”

Asian Americans have been the subject of several unprovoked attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the country in recent months. The attacks are thought to stem mainly from false anger over the coronavirus pandemic in China.

Anti-Asian hashtags jumpedafter Donald Trump first linked COVID-19 to China on Twitter, a study shows

Connected: An Asian woman attacked in New York by a stranger with a hammer demanding that the victim remove the mask, police said

Former President Donald Trump has often widely criticized anti-Chinese rhetoric. Anti-Asian biases and attacks have grown exponentially in the last year in relation to this rhetoric.

Asian Americans made up approximately 6.7 million people in California in 2019, the largest in the country, according to the Pew Research Center.

Just last weekend, two Asian women were attacked in New York by a stranger who wanted to remove their masks before hitting one in the head with a hammer, police said.

In March, Stop AAPI Hate – founded last year in response to increased targeting of Asian Americans and Pacific islands during the pandemic – said it had received reports of nearly 3,800 hate incidents in a year and estimated it was only a small fraction of the actual number.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in the state of Cal San Bernardino found a 164% increase in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021 compared to last year in 16 cities and jurisdictions across the country.

Contribution: Associated Press

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