Yet another physical attack against an Asian person took place Monday on the streets of New York City — and some of the broad-daylight violence was caught on video, WABC-TV reported.
What are the details?
Police said the victim, a 44-year-old man, was walking near Lexington Avenue and East 72nd Street around 3:20 p.m. when the suspect — who had been yelling at other pedestrians — yelled, "Don't look at me!" and punched the man in the back of the head, the New York Post reported.
A surveillance video that WABC obtained shows the suspect following the victim — even after he walked into the street and reversed directions to avoid the attacker — and slamming him into a storefront, authorities told the paper. The suspect's punch does not appear in the video, the Post said.
After the attacker slammed the victim into the storefront, surveillance video shows the suspect continuing to chase the victim down a sidewalk.
A second video that came from a cellphone shows the suspect on a street corner hollering and raising his arms as bystanders gather and try to prevent further attacks against the Asian man.
"I'm gonna kill somebody!" the suspect was heard yelling on the clip. "Get out of my face!"
A woman was seen on video trying to comfort the victim and asking him if he wanted her to call police.
A different woman told WABC that the suspect went after her as well and yelled about Chinese, Spanish, and white people — and asked if she wanted him to kill her.
The incident is not being treated as a hate crime, police told the Post, but authorities are asking for help in catching the suspect who's still at large as of Tuesday morning.
Anti-Asian violence recently has spiked in New York City, WABC said, adding that there have been 54 verified cases so far in 2021 compared to 12 during 2020:
- It was reported last week that the NYPD arrested a man they said was responsible for three attacks on Asian Americans in Brooklyn, and police charged him with hate crimes.
- Two New York City apartment doormen lost their jobs last week after failing to help an elderly Asian American from a vicious March attack caught on video.
- Also last month, an Asian American woman running for NYC council said she was shoved on a subway stairwell and sprained her ankle.
- A hate crime suspect was accused in March of threatening an Asian woman, smashing her cellphone, and telling her "go back to China."
- Another hate crime suspect was arrested last month for allegedly punching an Asian woman twice in the face in front of her 7-year-old daughter as they were on their way to rally — against violence toward Asians.
- A witness said an attacker yelled "you motherf***ing Asian" at a 68-year-old man before punching him in the face on a subway train last month.
- A man urinated on an Asian woman aboard a subway train in March, police told the New York Post.
- A 61-year-old Asian man was slashed across his face on a subway train as he was riding to the first of his two jobs in February. He had asked the suspect to stop kicking his backpack.