An Asian woman in New York City was attacked in the pinnacle with a hammer by a stranger who demanded the sufferer take away her masks, police stated Monday.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the assault. No arrests have been made as of Tuesday morning.
The assault occurred about 8:40 p.m. ET Sunday in the 410 block of West 42nd Street, which is in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, police stated.
Police launched surveillance video that confirmed the second a woman appeared to accost two Asian girls strolling on the sidewalk from behind. The woman demanded that they take away their masks earlier than hanging considered one of them in the pinnacle with a hammer, police stated.
The sufferer was recognized as a 31-year-old woman who was taken to the hospital for a laceration to the pinnacle, in line with authorities. The different Asian woman, 29, didn’t seem to endure any bodily accidents.
The 31-year-old woman informed NBC New York that she was “shocked,” including that she has lived in New York City for 2 years.
“I’ve never faced this kind of thing,” she stated. “This has never happened in my life.”
After the assault, the woman with the hammer ran, police stated. Authorities are nonetheless on the seek for her.
Hours earlier than the assault, lots of of New Yorkers, together with metropolis officers, gathered at a rally in Flushing, Queens, denouncing the wave of hate crimes in opposition to Asian American communities.
“If you hate, get the hell out of here because you don’t deserve to live in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio stated at Sunday’s rally.
The “Stop Asian Hate” march was held a day after two different Asian Americans have been focused in separate assaults in Queens and Brooklyn, in line with police, NBC New York reported. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating each incidents.
The hammer assault occurred only a block from the place a man repeatedly kicked a 65-year-old Asian woman outside a luxury apartment building as witnesses appeared to watch in late March.
Authorities arrested the suspect who was already on lifetime parole for fatally stabbing his mother in 2002. The two residence constructing doormen who have been caught on video showing to look at the assault unfold have been fired, the constructing’s proprietor stated.
Last week, a new analysis of hate crime data revealed that the rise in anti-Asian assaults has remained constant.
The evaluation, launched by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, discovered that hate crimes surged 169 % from the primary quarter of 2021 to the identical time interval in 2020 throughout 15 main cities.
New York City accounted for the most important surge from 13 hate crimes in the primary quarter of 2020 to 42 in the identical interval this yr — a 223 % leap, in line with the analysis.