A man who allegedly spit at an Asian woman in a Manhattan subway station, yelled "you f***ing Chinese" at her, and charged at her, after which she fell and was injured, has been indicted on hate crime charges, the New York Post reported.
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Derrick Johnson, 40, approached two women of Asian descent at the Rockefeller Center station May 8 and doused them with an unidentified liquid amid his racist tirade, the Post said, citing prosecutors.
“You f***ing Chinese. I don’t know why you’re here in America,” Johnson allegedly hollered at one of the women before he charged at her, which resulted in her falling to the ground, law enforcement sources told the paper.
Johnson then allegedly spit at her while she was on the ground, the Post said, citing sources.
The 26-year-old woman who fell suffered “significant bruising” to her arms and legs and “substantial pain and swelling to her head and jaw,” the paper said, citing a press release from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Johnson was charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and remanded to jail at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, the Post reported.
“The subway is central to our city, and riders of all backgrounds deserve safety when they travel,” Bragg said in a statement. “The rise of bias-driven crimes is unacceptable. We are expanding our Office’s Hate Crimes Unit to enhance these prosecutions while increasing community engagement and other preventative measures. If you have been a victim of a hate crime, please call my Office’s Hate Crimes Hotline at 212-335-3100.”
The Post, citing police sources, also reported that Johnson was arrested last month for attacking two officers who were responding to a call about a lewd male in Chelsea.
In that attack, Johnson allegedly got on top of one officer and repeatedly struck that officer in the face and also hit the other officer in her face, sources added to the paper.