AN 11-year-old Asian-American girl wrote "help, robbers" on the wall behind her after being forced into the bathroom by thieves while on a Zoom class.
The young girl was unharmed in the home invasion on Friday afternoon in which thousands of dollars and expensive camera equipment were stolen from her cousin's San Francisco home.
Her 68-year-old cousin has been visiting a cemetery that morning when he discovered his car had been broken into and tires slashed.
The family initially thought the attack was a hate crime and reported it to the Colma police, they say in a GoFundMe post.
However, the man, who doesn't wish to be identified, had not noticed the robbers had stolen his garage door remote from the car and found his address.
When he returned home, the victim found the house ransacked and his young cousin locked in the bathroom.
The 11-year-old was distance learning at home when two men stormed into the home, she said.
She recalled to KGO how one of the men had grabbed her by the shirt and shoved her into the bathroom.
The girl feared she would be kidnapped or killed and wrote the note, including her name, on the wall to raise the alarm to her Zoom class.
The homeowner, who has lived in the Portola neighborhood for nearly 30 years, said the thieves got away with thousands in cash, including American, Korean and Chinese currency.
He said they had ripped cases from pillows to escape with the cash, San Francisco Gate reported.
The robbery comes as the Asian American community nationwide are on edge after a spike in racially motivated attacks in the past year.
It happened less than a week after six Asian women were killed in a mass shooting in Atlanta on Tuesday.
The family says iy is "scared these robbers are still out there" but is "remaining strong."
Law enforcement are warning Asian American families not to keep large amounts of cash in their home, especially after the Lunar New Year.
The case is being investigated by the San Francisco Police Department Burglary Detail.
Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD 24-Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.
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