A 23-year-old Asian-American nurse hopped off the train at 116th Street and Broadway to get to work at St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday around 6:50 pm when she was attacked, reports the New York Post. The victim said she was standing near a pillar when a “dark man about 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds” hit her head and hip with a cane before fleeing. She said no words were exchanged between the two.
Just hours later around 8:30 am, a 21-year-old Asian American woman was punched in the face while riding the F train at Queens Boulevard and 75th Avenue. Bystanders grabbed the man and held him down until police arrived.
“He was acting erratic and then he just walked up to her and punched her in the face,” a police source told the New York Post.
The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Andres Gonzalez and he was charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime. He has five prior arrests.
In another instance, back on May 13th, another Asian woman was spat on by a man while she was riding the D train near Pacific St & 4th Ave in Brooklyn, New York, according to ABC New York News reporter CeFaan Kim. The man also told her “you Chinese dog what the f**k are you using your phone for? You deserve this.” It is unclear if the suspect was caught.
Finally, on April 27th, a 33-year-old Asian woman was harassed by 4 suspects near Lenox Ave & W 117th St. The suspects told her “corona… animal… go back to your country, you brought corona.” It is unclear if the suspects were caught.
NYPD is investigating the four incidents.