Two Asian girls had been attacked in New York Metropolis on Sunday by a stranger who demanded they take away their masks earlier than putting one within the head with a hammer, police mentioned.
The 2 girls, 31 and 29, respectively, had been strolling collectively within the 410 block of West forty second Road at about 8:40 p.m. when a lady confronted them on the sidewalk, yelling at them to take away their masks, according to the New York City Police Department. She then struck the 31-year-old girl within the head with a hammer, which induced a laceration, police mentioned.
No arrests have been made as of Tuesday night.
“She was speaking to herself… I believed possibly she was drunk or one thing, so we simply wished to cross by means of her shortly,” the sufferer, who glided by her first title, Theresa, instructed ABC7. “After I handed by means of her, she noticed us and mentioned ‘Take off your f—— masks,’ which is surprising.”
ABC7 reported that the sufferer was steady after being rushed to the hospital.
The assault wasn’t the one assault that occurred in New York Metropolis over the weekend. An Asian American girl in her 50’s and an Asian American teen had been each attacked Saturday, the NYPD instructed CNN.
Sunday’s alleged assault occurred on the identical day that a whole bunch of New Yorkers gathered for a rally condemning the spike in violence in opposition to Asians and Asian Individuals.
Town has reported 42 hate crime incidents in opposition to Asians and Asian Individuals, in accordance with the NYPD Hate Crimes Dashboard, which was final up to date April 22 and lists the final incident confirmed in March. In all of 2020, the NYPD dashboard confirmed 28 hate crime incidents.
However the NYPD’s Hate Crime Activity Pressure mentioned town recorded 80 anti-Asian hate crimes from January to the start of April, reported the Wall Street Journal.
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Related incidents have been documented in different cities, particularly these with massive Asian populations comparable to San Francisco and Oakland, California.
In March, the group Stop AAPI Hate — based final 12 months in response to elevated concentrating on of Asian Individuals and Pacific Islanders in the course of the pandemic — mentioned it had acquired studies of almost 3,800 hate incidents in a 12 months and estimated that was solely a fraction of the particular quantity.
In April, the U.S. Senate passed legislation aimed toward preventing the rise in hate crimes in opposition to members of the AAPI group.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo condemned the “mindless and despicable” assault in a statement to NBC.
“I’m disgusted by this violent assault in Midtown Manhattan, the newest seemingly mindless and despicable hate crime in opposition to Asian Individuals on this state,” Cuomo mentioned in a press release Tuesday. “We are going to do all the things in our energy to guard those that are susceptible to those assaults and to carry cowardly perpetrators accountable to the complete extent of the legislation.”