Ex-con is arrested and charged with hate crimes after unwittingly assaulting an undercover NYPD police officer with anti-Asian insults and threatening to stab him in the face
- Juvian Rodriguez, 35, was arrested and charged with threats and intimidation
- The former convict is accused of spouting anti-Asian abuse at an undercover agent
- Police say Rodriguez approached the plainclothes officer in Midtown Manhattan on Friday afternoon
- “Go back to China before you end up in the damn graveyard!” he reportedly said
- According to the police, he also threatened to ‘hit’ and stab the officer in the face
Juvian Rodriguez, 35, was arrested on Friday and charged with hate crimes, including threats and intimidation
A New York City man was arrested and charged with hate crime after allegedly hurling anti-Asian abuse and threats at an undercover agent.
Police say Juvian Rodriguez, 35, unwittingly attacked a member of the NYPD’s Asian Hate Crime Task Force on patrol in Midtown Manhattan on Friday afternoon.
Rodriguez, an ex-con, approached the plainclothes officer outside Madison Square Garden at 33rd Street and reportedly began spewing hate speech and threats.
“Go back to China before you end up in the goddamn graveyard!” He said New York Post reported.
A police source said that Rodriguez also reportedly told the officer, “I’m going to hit you in the holy piss and stab you in the face.”
The ex-convict unknowingly targeted an undercover agent from the NYPD’s Asian Hate Crime Task Force, police said.
Rodriguez accused of threatening to stab the officer and telling him to ‘go back to China’
The officer, who was not identified, alerted the police station and subsequently arrested Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, who has dealt with the law a number of times in the past, was arrested and charged with threats and intimidation – as well as hate crimes – and drug possession.
He reportedly remained defiant even after being arrested, telling police, ‘I don’t give a fuck if I go to jail,’ the Post reported.
When asked to comment by reporters outside the police station, Rodriguez reportedly shouted, “Your mom!”
His arrest comes amid an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the city. The NYPD reports that New York City alone has at least 35 anti-Asian hate crime reports since January, compared to 28 in all of 2020.
Since the shutdown of the coronavirus in the US last March, a report has been issued Stop AAPI hate at least has been documented In the past year alone, 3,795 racially motivated attacks on Asian Americans.
The NYPD announced last month that it would deploy plainclothes agents as part of their Asian Hate Crime Task Force to help tackle the city’s recent surge in hate crimes.
Increased awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the country
Increased awareness of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US has led to the popular ‘Stop Asian Hate’ movement online and in rallies across the country.
The movement gained traction after the high-profile shootings in March in three spas in Georgia, where a gunman killed eight people, including six Asian women.
Last week, surveillance footage caught an elderly 65-year-old Asian woman attacked by a stranger who made anti-Asian statements in a random attack in New York City.
In 2020 it has United Nations drew attention to the problem by attributing the ‘alarming level’ of racist attacks in the US to COVID -19, the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.
“Racially motivated violence and other incidents against Asian-Americans have reached alarming levels in the United States since the outbreak of COVID19,” the report said.
The Center for the Study of Hatred and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, reported that anti-Asian hate crimes in America’s largest cities are up 149% in 2020, while the overall hate crime rate is down 7 percent.
The report found that the biggest rise was in New York, where anti-Asian hate crimes rose from just three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, up 833%.