On Wednesday night, a 47-year-old Asian woman was sucker punched while waiting for the train in New York City. According to the New York Daily News, the victim said she was at a Bowery subway station waiting for the Brooklyn-bound F train around 6:40 pm when she noticed a man counting numbers to himself. She tried to walk away from the man but he followed her and punched her in the face knocking her to the ground. She got up and fled the scene and called the cops.
When police arrived the man was gone so no arrest was made. The victim suffered from bruising on her face and cuts and scrapes to her legs and hands.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Meanwhile, in the Lower East Side, a 41-year-old Asian man was threatened by her neighbor. The woman who was in her apartment located on Cherry St called 311 on her neighbor because he was playing his music too loud on Tuesday around 11:30 pm. Cops arrived and told the man to keep it down but when they left the man threatened her and called her a racial slur.
“I’m going to beat the s**t out of you, you ch**k b***h!” the man yelled.
She reported the incident to police and they are investigating the matter.
According to ABC New York News reporter CeFaan Kim, hate crimes against Asians have gone up drastically this year in New York. Last year there was a total of 29 but that has risen to 69 this year.