Asian woman beaten with a hammer in Manhattan by a stranger who demanded that she remove her face mask
Asian woman is attacked with a hammer in Midtown Manhattan by a ‘drunk’ stranger who ordered her to take off her face mask
- A 31-year-old Asian woman was walking on West 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue on Sunday night when she was attacked by an elderly woman
- Police say attacked ordered Asian woman to take off her face mask, and when she refused, the assailant hit her on the head with a hammer
- Victim sustained a cut on her head that required hospitalization
- The suspect, described as a woman in her 50s standing at a height of 5 feet, was last seen on foot fleeing east on West 42nd Street
- Attack is being investigated by the NYPD as a possible hate crime
- Under the guidance of the CDC, adopted by New York, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks outdoors
An Asian woman was walking in Midtown Manhattan on Sunday night when she was attacked and hit in the head with a hammer for wearing a face mask.
The incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force. As of Monday afternoon, no more arrests have been made.
Police said the 31-year-old victim was confronted by another woman at 8:45 PM on Sunday at 411 West 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue.
A 31-year-old Asian woman was hit on the head with a hammer after she refused a stranger’s order to remove her face mask. Pictured: victim can be seen in Citizen video on Sunday, sitting in the back of an ambulance
The attack took place off 411 West 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday
“Take off your mask,” the attacker is said to have demanded.
When the woman refused to take off her mask, the assailant hit her on the head with a hammer before she fled east on foot on West 42nd Street to Ninth Avenue.
A bystander said in a video of the scene uploaded to the Citizen app that the attacker was drunk.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the state will adopt the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for mask use, which state that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks outside, except in busy environments. .
The victim of Sunday’s attack was taken in stable condition to NYU Langone Heath to be treated for non-life-threatening cuts.
Police say a tall woman in her 50s, who may have been drunk, accosted the victim. The Asian woman suffered a cut to the head, which required hospitalization
The suspect was described as a woman in her fifties, about five feet tall, wearing black jeans and a black tank top.
The NYPD said in an email to DailyMail.com on Monday that the attack was “ considered a possible bias, ” and the agency’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating.
New York City has seen a wave of anti-Asian attacks since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, a 61-year-old Chinese immigrant was stomped on the head at least half a dozen times while collecting cans in East Harlem.
Jarrod Powell, a 49-year-old homeless man with a long-term criminal record, was later arrested and charged with attempted murder in that case.
In March, a Filipino-American woman was knocked to the ground and attacked by parole who had previously been convicted of murdering his mother.
Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but no more arrests have been made as of Monday afternoon
A report from the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 149 percent, while overall hate crime fell by 7 percent in 2020.
The report indicated that the increase in anti-Asian crimes was attributed to “an increase in COVID cases and negative stereotyping of Asians regarding the pandemic.”
Former President Donald Trump repeatedly called COVID-19 the ‘Chinese virus’, which some say led to the increased vitriol against Asians.