New York City police arrested 35-year-old Juvian Rodriguez for allegedly threatening an undercover Asian police officer on Friday. According to ABC 7 New York News, the incident occurred in Penn Station around 1:20 pm. The Asian officer is part of the Anti-Asian hate crime task force who goes around New York City in plain clothes.
Police said Rodriguez and the officer were taking the escalator near 7th Avenue and 32nd Street when Rodriguez allegedly told the undercover police officer to “go back to China before you end up in the (expletive) graveyard.” Rodriguez then allegedly threatened to stab the undercover police officer in the face.
Juvian Rodriguez was arrested and charged with “harassment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment based on race or religion, menacing as a hate crime, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.”
Update – 4/12/21 – Rodriguez was released on Saturday on his own recognizance, reports the New York Post. He was released because of New York’s new law that went into effect last year stating that any attacks that cause no injury are exempt from bail. Rodriguez had 24 prior arrests. He faces up to one year in prison if found guilty of his latest charges.