An Asian lady in New York City was attacked within the head 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 within 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 lady appeared to accost two Asian girls strolling on the sidewalk from behind. The lady demanded that they take away their masks earlier than placing considered one of them within the head with a hammer, police stated.
The sufferer was recognized as a 31-year-old lady who was taken to the hospital for a laceration to the pinnacle, based on authorities. The different Asian lady, 29, didn’t seem to endure any bodily accidents.
The 31-year-old lady 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 girl with the hammer ran, police stated. Authorities are nonetheless on the seek for her.
Hours earlier than the assault, a whole lot of New Yorkers, together with metropolis officers, gathered at a rally in Flushing, Queens, denouncing the wave of hate crimes towards 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, police stated.
On Saturday afternoon, a bunch of 5 teenagers punched a 15-year-old Asian boy whereas spewing anti-Asian remarks at him in Rego Park, Queens, based on authorities. The boy was taken to the hospital for minor accidents.
Three of the suspects have been taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, police stated. Investigators are nonetheless on the lookout for two different suspects.
Shortly after the Queens assault, a stranger pushed a 52-year-old Asian lady in the direction of the subway monitor on the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway Station in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, police stated. No accidents or arrests have been 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 lady outdoors a luxurious condominium constructing as witnesses appeared to look at in late March.
Authorities arrested the suspect who was already on lifetime parole for fatally stabbing his mom in 2002. The two condominium 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 brand new evaluation of hate crime information 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 p.c 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 within the first quarter of 2020 to 42 in the identical interval this 12 months — a 223 p.c bounce, based on the analysis.