Police Investigating Series Of Attacks On Asians As People Blame Them For Virus
New York, NY – Three Asian New Yorkers have been attacked – two of them separately in a 10-hour span on Tuesday - and police are investigating them as “hate crimes” related to coronavirus.
The New York Daily News reported that an “unhinged hypochondriac” punched a 23-year-old Asian woman in the face at about 10:30 a.m. on March 10 on 34th Street near Fifth Avenue in Midtown.
The victim told police a black woman in her 20s ambushed her as she walked down the sidewalk.
“Where’s your coronavirus mask, you Asian b---h!” the woman screamed and then slugged the Asian woman in the face.
The suspect fled before police arrive, and her victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital with an injury to her jaw, the New York Daily News reported.
Not even 10 hours later, a 59-year-old Asian man was ambushed in East Harlem, the New York Post reported.
The victim told police he was walking on Madison Avenue near E. 103rd Street at about 9 p.m. when a black teenage boy kicked him in the back, taking him to the ground.
“F--king Chinese coronavirus,” the kid yelled at his victim, according to witnesses.
Then he told the injured Asian man to go back to his country and fled, the New York Post reported.
Witnesses said the suspect was about five-feet-eight-inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds.
Both attacks were being investigated as hate crimes, the New York Daily News reported.
Another Asian man was assaulted with what looked like air freshener on a subway train in Brooklyn on March 4.
The bizarre incident was captured on video and showed a black man spraying air freshener repeatedly at the Asian man while he screamed at his victim to get away from him.
New York Governor Mario Cuomo said Wednesday that the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force would assist the New York Police Department (NYPD) with the investigations, the New York Daily News reported.
“This incident was not only despicable but also illegal,” Cuomo said.
He noted it was "apparently motivated by the bigoted notion that an Asian person is more likely to carry or transmit the novel coronavirus,” the New York Daily News reported.
“There is zero evidence that people of Asian descent bear any additional responsibility for the transmission of the coronavirus,” the governor said.