A 52-year-old Filipino-American man was assaulted after witnessing another man who was getting assaulted. According to ABC New York News, the incident took place on Tuesday morning after the Filipino man, who wished to remain unnamed, stepped off the 6 train at the 103rd Street station in the Upper East Side. He said he noticed a man yelling “go back to where you came from” and attacking a man who was possibly Asian.
The victim escaped but that’s when the assailant turned to the Filipino man and started attacking him. The assailant repeatedly punched the Filipino man while yelling “go back to where you came from.” The victim suffered from bruising of his face and a bloody nose.
“It seemed so random and so sudden,” the victim said. “Kinda realized it’s potentially a hate crime because of what the man was shouting and what was said.”
A bystander apologized to the victim and told him that he ran after the assailant and beat him up. However, the assailant managed to escape.
The victim said his assailant looked like he was in his 20s and 30s. He does not believe the man was homeless but suffered from mental illness.
Police are investigating the incident.