Surveillance footage has captured the second that an Asian lady, 27, was slapped in broad daylight by a homeless man in Center City, Philadelphia.
The assault occurred on Easter Sunday at round 2 p.m. at 11th and Filbert Streets, across the nook from Reading Terminal near Chinatown. The suspect, recognized by police as Alex White, 30, approached two girls strolling down the road and slapped one among them within the face, in accordance with NBC Philadelphia.
An unnamed man who was near the incident was capable of present the footage obtained from his safety cameras. Speaking to 6ABC, he stated he checked the digital camera after listening to an “eerie scream.”
“I could hear it was a constant kind of like a cry, so I looked up at my camera,” he stated. “On Easter Sunday, nobody expects to have your head almost taken off by a smack.”
Passersby came to check on the victim while one of the witnesses reported the incident to the police. The camera managed to capture the suspect’s arrest one block down on 11th and Arch Street.
Authorities concluded the attack was random and not racially motivated, as nothing racial was said to the victim, who is of Asian descent.
“You don’t have to have someone verbalizing that it’s a racially motivated attack, if it seems like the person being attacked is Asian when everybody else surrounding is not,” Dr. Karen Tang, who advocates against the discrimination and violence the Asian community is facing, told NBC Philadelphia.
“If you have a string of completely random isolated attacks on people who are Asian, it forms a pattern,” she said. “I worked in the Philadelphia hospitals and very often walked in that same area. That’s what is so chilling.”
Buu Ly, who owns a bar simply up the road from the incident, stated he discovered it “disturbing” to see the lady being hit.
“If you are talking of the Asian group, the elders are very involved. They’re very involved strolling down the road,” he added.
“Get our streets back, so people feel safe again,” Councilmember Mark Squilla said on the latest anti-Asian attacks. “Because right now, they do not feel safe because they think the lawlessness is running rampant throughout the city.”
The victim was transported to Jefferson University Hospital, and police say she is in stable condition.
An investigation by the city’s Central Detectives Division is ongoing.
Featured Image via 6abc Philadelphia
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