“Any time people come together to do retail, you’re going to have those people that lurk in the shadows,” he said. “Most of the businesses in these parking lots target the Asian community, and most victims associated are Asian. Are they targeted (by criminals)? I’m not sure.” But both Peng and Christine Kuan, whose mother was robbed outside a Rowland Heights store in July, said they’ve heard multiple stories of robberies in the parking lots of grocery stores catering to the Asian community. “It’s happened so many times,” she said. “People get hurt and lose money. My mom lost $600.” Peng said she was loading groceries into her trunk at about 3 p.m. outside a Hacienda Heights store when a man she described as Latino, weighing about 200 pounds with a shaved head, grabbed her purse and dragged her. He only let go when he saw her husband, she added. She was not hurt and managed to keep her purse. Kuan was not so lucky. The 59-year-old Hacienda Heights woman said she was shopping with her 85-year-old mother at the Rowland Heights 99 Ranch store when a woman approached her and asked to borrow $10. Before Kuan could respond, she said, the woman snatched her mother’s purse. Kuan chased her to an apparent getaway car, but fell and dislocated her arm when the woman pushed her to the ground and drove away. Jennifer Tsao, spokeswoman for 99 Ranch Market, said the stores can only hire security guards inside. Parking lot security is the responsibility of the property owner, Pacific Castle, she said. “All the (outside) security should be hired by them,” she said. “They are the landlord. We told them we’d like to have a safer area as a tenant.” Representatives from Pacific Castle did not return phone calls seeking comment. David Wong, assistant property manager for Golden Pacific, which owns the shopping center where the Rowland Heights store is located, said two security guards are on-site. “We have beefed it up,” he said. “They are quite visible.” Both women, who said they were surprised by the brazen, daylight attacks, reported the crimes to authorities, but said that usually doesn’t happen. “Chinese people are always like this,” Kuan said. “They don’t like to (talk about it), but I have to, because I was hurt.” Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Sanford, who patrols Hacienda Heights, stressed the importance of reporting crimes. “If people are getting assaulted and not reporting it, it’s kind of hard for us to follow up,” he said. “It’s really important for people to call and report.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HACIENDA HEIGHTS – After Tammy Peng was attacked by a would-be robber on Monday in the parking lot of 99 Ranch Market on Azusa Avenue and Colima Road, she found out that she wasn’t the only victim. Reports of parking lot robberies have been hitting the pages of Chinese-language newspapers with frequency and victims said they know such attacks are not rare by any means. “Chinese ladies, especially older immigrants, are notorious about carrying cash,” Peng said. “Sizewise, we’re easier to manage.” But authorities said they don’t believe there has been a higher rate of robberies in 99 Ranch Market parking lots or other grocery stores catering to the Asian community. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Jackson said there are just as many crimes reported in the Puente Hills Mall parking lot across the street from the Hacienda Heights 99 Ranch Market.