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A man has been arrested after an unprovoked attack on a woman of Asian descent Monday in New York City’s Chinatown.
was the accident highlighted On Twitter by New York State Assembly member Yeh Line New, who represents some neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, including Chinatown. The disturbing footage was included in the tweet.
This was just sent to me by my constituents. This just happened in my area of Chinatown. He was arrested and investigated in our department. pic.twitter.com/sxNfCbrlza
– Yuhline New (@yuhline) May 31, 2021
Security camera video from Monday evening shows people walking on a sidewalk next to the outdoor seating area of the restaurant. A woman from the right of the frame enters while a man coming from the opposite direction swings his left arm wide, hitting her in the face. The force of the blow knocks her hat. She lost her balance, collapsed and sat motionless. The man, apparently, raises his arm over the onlookers, says something and then continues to stand near him while a crowd comes to aid the woman.
A spokesman for the New York Police Department said the 55-year-old victim was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Police said a 48-year-old man in Manhattan was arrested near the scene of the attack. A police spokesperson said he was charged with assault as a hate crime, assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.
Society member Neo says the woman is now doing “OK”.
“But we all know how traumatizing this is going to be and how traumatizing our community is,” she says. “I feel sad seeing how many of these accidents happen all the time… We are human too.”
While reported hate crimes against people of Asian or Pacific Island descent increased in several cities in 2020, the increase was most pronounced in New York City, where three incidents were reported in 2019 to 28 reported in 2020. Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino mentioned The numbers in New York City increased again in the first quarter of 2021: from 13 in the first three months of 2020 to 42 in the first three months of 2021.
The numbers may be understated, as authorities say many incidents have gone unreported.