The Hate Crimes Job Drive of the New York Police Division has requested for the general public’s assist in finding a person who viciously struck an Asian lady within the head with a hammer after the attacker demanded that she and her good friend take away their face masks.
Investigators posted a disturbing video of the confrontation Sunday in Midtown Manhattan when the attacker, who seemed to be a girl wearing black, demanded that the 2 Asian pedestrians take off their masks.
“She was speaking to herself … I assumed perhaps she was drunk or one thing, so we just wanted to pass her quickly,” the 31-year-old sufferer, who was recognized solely as Theresa, advised ABC-TV Channel 7 in New York.
“Once I handed her, she noticed us and stated, ‘Take off your f**king masks,’ which is surprising. Abruptly I felt my head get hit by one thing.”
Theresa was rushed to a hospital, the place she wanted stitches for a gash to her brow and one other reduce on her head, in keeping with ABC.
“My mother really advised me, ‘Please watch out, there’s a variety of Asian crime occurring in America,’” Theresa stated. The current graduate of Manhattan’s Trend Institute of Expertise plans to return to Taiwan now. If the proper job comes alongside, she stated, she’ll transfer again to New York when it’s safer.
Asian hate crimes skyrocketed 150% within the nation’s largest cities final yr over the earlier yr, in keeping with a current examine, after former President Donald Trump repeatedly blamed the Chinese language for COVID-19 and referred to the pandemic because the “Chinese language virus” and the “kung flu.”
The issue has been notably pronounced in New York Metropolis, which recorded 28 anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020, in contrast with solely three in 2019.
In March, an aged Asian lady was knocked to the bottom and kicked repeatedly by a male passer-by who shouted slurs at her outdoors a Manhattan house constructing. The assault was captured on a safety digital camera that additionally confirmed constructing staff watching the assault and shutting the door fairly than making an attempt to intervene.
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