Race-hate attacker, 48, arrested after sickening video of ‘him beating Asian woman to floor in NYC’s Chinatown’ goes viral
- Police arrested Alexander Wright, 48, shortly after the unprovoked attack; he has now been charged with a hate crime
- Asian woman, 55, was beaten on Monday afternoon as she walked through Chinatown in Manhattan
- Surveillance videos show the victim falling to the ground from the force of the punch; she was rushed to hospital for treatment
- Video of the attack went viral on social media amid a spate of attacks on Asian-American people
Police have charged a man with a hate crime for a sickening assault on a 55-year-old Asian woman in the Chinatown area of New York City that was caught on camera.
Alexander Wright, 48, was arrested shortly after the unprovoked attack, which took place in broad daylight Monday afternoon.
Wright was taken into custody and charged with assault, assault as a hate crime, and possession of controlled substance.
The victim, who was rushed to hospital for treatment, has not been released. She is said to be in a stable condition.
Police have charged a man with a hate crime for a nauseating assault on a 55-year-old Asian woman in New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood. The victim (in pink) is seen strolling past her own business before Wright (in the orange hoodie and denim shirt) punches her in the face
Bystander Jin Zhen posted on Instagram saying he ran to a nearby police station to alert officers who were then able to track down Wright several blocks away.
Police say the woman walked down bustling Bayard Street to mind her own business before being beaten by Wright as he passed in the opposite direction.
Surveillance camera captured the attack, showing the woman falling onto the sidewalk from the force of the impact.
Several pedestrians were rushed to help her as she lay motionless on the sidewalk afterwards.
Assembly lady Yuh-Line Niou, whose district includes Chinatown, shared the video of the attack on Twitter, which quickly went viral.
Bystander Jin Zhen posted on Instagram saying he ran to a nearby police station to alert officers who could track down Wright a few blocks away.
The violent incident comes as attacks on Asians and Asian-Americans escalate in New York City, at least 86 anti-Asian hate crimes have been reported to authorities this year, according to the NYPD.
There were only 19 such reports in the same period of 2020.
Wright was taken into custody and charged with assault, assault as a hate crime and possession of controlled substance
In a separate attack, surveillance footage captured a man punching an elderly Asian woman last Wednesday.
The NYPD reported that it was in the process of identifying the man who struck 75-year-old Wing Wa Chin near 57th Avenue and 97th Place in Queens.
The brutal and unprovoked attack left the elderly woman with a broken nose, a broken eye socket and two black eyes.
“She just came back from the supermarket and had her shopping cart with her,” said the victim’s son, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals. CBS2.
“It’s pretty obvious. He hit her because she was an Asian lady,” he added.
NYPD reported it was in the process of identifying the man who hit 75-year-old Wing Wa Chin near 57th Avenue and 97th Place in Queens last Wednesday.
A report from the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that anti-Asian hate crimes in the US have increased by 149 percent, while total hate crimes have fallen 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 in relation to the pandemic.”
In light of all the recent anti-Asian and anti-Semitic attacks across the city, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced more money for anti-hate initiatives.
De Blasio announced last Thursday the creation of a new initiative called Partners Against The Hate, or PATH Forward, while pledging $3 million in funding for Asian-American and Jewish community groups, CBS reports.