A 58-year-old Asian mother and her 23-year-old son were injured during a botched robbery attempt in New York City. The incident took place on Saturday around 9:30 am at Canal Street N station in Chinatown, reports CBS New York News. The mother, 58-year-old Than Htwe, suffered a massive head injury and it is unclear if she’s going to make it.
The mother and son were climbing up the stairs leaving the Q train station when a man allegedly snuck up behind them and grabbed the son’s backpack and pulled. As the son fell back he grabbed his mother and the two tumbled down the stairs.
The suspect then fled the scene.
The son was not seriously injured but his mother hit her head resulting in a serious head injury. The two were rushed to Bellevue Hospital where the mother underwent brain surgery, reports the New York Daily News. She’s currently in critical condition.
“She was rushed to a hospital to have emergency brain surgery,” the son Kyaw Zaw Hein said in a Gofundme set up for his mother. “The doctors told us that the trauma to her head was so severe that she won’t be able to wake up. Eventually, all her organs will shut down. We are now just waiting and worrying about what happens next.
Than Htwe moved to the United States from Myanmar in 2018 to be with her family, reports the New York Daily News.
“She came here for me. For my education,” Hein told the New York Daily News. “No matter what mistakes I made, she always forgives me.”
The NYPD is investigating the matter to see if the mother and son were targeted due to their race. No arrests have been made.
All donations to Htwe’s Gofundme will be handled by her husband Myint Shein.