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Asian woman attacked by woman with hammer in Manhattan

An Asian woman was walking in Midtown Manhattan, New York on May 2nd when she was assaulted by another woman with a hammer. According to ABC 7 New York News, the assailant, a stranger to the victim, allegedly struck the victim after asking her to remove her face mask. The victim a 31-year-old FIT graduate named Theresa told ABC News New York of the incident.

“She was talking to herself, like talking to a wall, I thought maybe she was drunk or something, so we just wanted to pass through her quickly and when I passed through her, she saw us and said ‘Take off your f***ing mask,’ which is shocking,” Theresa said. “Suddenly I felt my head get hit by something.”

Police released surveillance video of the incident below.

The incident occurred on West 42nd St near Ninth Avenue around 8:45 pm on Sunday. The victim was walking with her friend when a woman approached her and told her to “take off your mask,” according to the police. The assailant, a woman in her 50s, then allegedly struck the victim in the head with a hammer before fleeing.

An ambulance took the victim to NYU Langone Health where she was treated for a deep gash on her forehead needing seven stitches.

Theresa recently came back from Taiwan where she was staying during COVID to look for a job. Before she flew back to New York, her mother warned her of the anti-Asian hate crimes occurring and told her to be careful. Now, Theresa said she’s headed back to Taiwan for the time being.

The police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

This is the second hammer attack in New York City in the last week. A 32-year-old Sikh man, Sumit Ahluwalia, was hit in the head with a hammer by a stranger at the Quality Inn Hotel in Brownsville where he works.

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