Video footage has emerged of the horrifying moment an elderly Asian woman runs in fear before an attacker strikes her from behind, leaving her sprawling in the road and fleeing the scene.
The man attacked the 68-year-old woman in Queens at 8:50am, New York, running across the road as soon as he spotted her on 9th Avenue and West 19th Street.
Footage shows the attacker strolling along the sidewalk while holding a drink.
The victim, who suffered back pain and bruised ribs, was transported in stable condition to Lenox Health Greenwich Village Hospital.
A man attacked the 68-year-old woman in Queens after spotting her on 9th Avenue and West 19th Street running across the road to strike her from behind
The victim, who suffered back pain and bruised ribs, was transported in stable condition to Lenox Health Greenwich Village Hospital
Police asked anyone with information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish
Footage shows the attacker strolling along the sidewalk while holding a coffee.
The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force have launched an investigation into the incident.
Anti-Asian hate crimes quadrupled in US last year, rising from a dramatic increase in 2020 in line with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The increase has been most pronounced in major cities with large Asian populations. About 130 anti-Asian hate incidents were reported to police in New York in 2021, up from 28 in 2020.
Stop AAPI Hate documented over 10,300 self-reported anti-Asian incidents from March 2020 through September 2021, with women reporting at higher rates.
An analysis of the data shows Washington DC, saw the highest level of hate crimes per 100,000 members of the population with 21.6 hate crimes reported, followed by Los Angeles with 15.5 and San Francisco with 12.8.
Asian Americans in NYC have experienced a 343 percent increase in hate crimes in 2021, with 133 attacks
Christina Yuna Lee, 35, was stabbed to death in her New York City apartment by a homeless serial criminal. Assamad Nash, 25, was arrested for her murder after she was found dead in the blood-soaked bathtub of her Chinatown apartment
Last year, footage came to light of a man punching a 67-year-old Asian woman more than 125 times who lived in the same building as him.
Tammel Esco, 42, yelled racist slurs at the woman he attacked before being was arrested at the scene and taken to Westchester County Jail.
In one of the most shocking hate crimes of 2021, a mass shooting at a series of Atlanta spas saw eight people killed, including six Asian women.
In February, a 35-year-old Asian advertising creative was knifed to death in her Chinatown apartment by a homeless serial criminal who was free on bail.
Christina Yuna Lee was from New Jersey and had spearheaded campaigns for brands including Equinox and Google.
Lee’s body was found in a blood-soaked bathtub in her apartment. Her landlord blamed District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s soft-on-crime policies for the killing.
Crime in the city is up by 45 percent compared to this time last year, with robbery up by 43.5 percent and assault up by 17.2 percent
40-year-old consultant Michelle Go was killed after a homeless man shoved her in front of a subway car in January. Her murder started calls for safety in NYC’s subway system
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University, told Axios that the pandemic lockdowns in 2020 may have had the effect of artificially suppressing hate crimes for a year.
But hate crimes have continued to rise so far in 2022, leaving doubt over whether the increase is temporary.
The increase in reported hate crimes is partly because cities have created more streamlined ways to report hate, Levin explained.
Looking at the data across years, he believed that 2020 was a significant turning point.
In yet another incident, a homeless man pushed Deloitte consultant Michelle Alyssa Go in front of an oncoming train at West 42nd Street and Broadway the morning on January 15.
Go, who lived on the Upper East Side, was randomly targeted, police said.
Simon Martial, 61, was charged with second-degree murder.
Police asked anyone with information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish.
The FBI found that 8,263 criminal hate crime incidents were reported to them in 2020, an increase of about 504 incidents since 2019. The spike comes as more local law enforcement agencies report crime incidents in their jurisdictions to the FBI compared to previous years