A 38-year-old Asian man was punched by a stranger in an unprovoked attack near Penn Station in New York City. According to the New York Post, the incident occurred on Wednesday around 7 am while the victim was walking on West 33rd Street and Eighth Avenue. The suspect without saying a word sucker-punched the victim then fled.
The victim refused medical attention and filed a report. The hate crimes task force is investigating the incident.
In an unrelated incident one week prior, New York City Council Candidate Susan Lee was assaulted while descending the subway stairs. According to the New York Post, the incident occurred on March 17th at the Oculus subway station. Lee was on the stairwell when she noticed a woman looking at her. That escalated to the suspect pushing Lee who was luckily holding onto the handrail.
“You know she has this mischievous look on her face, and I was just thinking like, ‘Oh gosh, this isn’t good,'” Lee said. “She pushed me.”
Lee fell a couple steps and sprained her ankle but she’s thankful she didn’t tumble down the stairs all the way to the bottom.
“If I wasn’t prepared for her to push me, I would have fallen all the way down the stairs,” Lee said. “I was holding on the rail really tightly and I had my other hand in front of my face.”
After the incident she went straight home because she wanted to be “someplace safe.”
Susan Lee was initially hesitant about reporting the incident to the police but a few days later she did with the encouragement of her friends.
The suspect has been described as a possibly homeless black woman.