The NYPD hunted for six suspects, who instigated a 32-year-old woman to wear a mask to provoke ‘anti-Asian comments’ about ‘COVID-19’ in the metro.
- Police are searching for six suspects who punched a woman, 32, and said that ‘anti-Asian comments about coronovirus’ in the metro train
- The incident took place on 17 December at 1.45 pm
- The group encountered the victim in a southbound A train at West 4th Station
- He confronted her for allegedly wearing a mask, making remarks that were ‘anti-Asian’ related to COVID-19, and punched her in the face
- Over the weekend, police shared four photos of the six suspects, giving them a $ 2,500 reward to help identify them
Police are searching for six suspects who punched an Asian woman multiple times for not wearing a mask and called her an ‘anti-Asian statement’ about coronavirus in a subway train.
At 1.45 pm on December 17, the group – three women and three men – 32, approached the woman, 32, in a southbound A train at Manhattan’s West 4th Street station.
Police confronted him for allegedly not wearing a mask and gave him anti-Asian statements about the virus, according to ABC.
Their verbal attack became physical and the victim was punched in the face several times before the group fled.
Police are searching for six suspects who punched an Asian woman multiple times for not wearing a mask and made ‘anti-Asian statements’ about the coronovirus on 17 December at New York City’s West 4 St subway station. A view of two suspects captured in surveillance cameras above
Wanted a view of the two suspects in the above attack
The victim was left with injuries, but refused therapy.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident.
On Sunday, police shared four surveillance photos of the six suspects, sought help to identify them and awarded up to $ 2,500.
Since the onset of the epidemic, there have been reports of racist attacks against Asian-Americans as the first reported cases from Wuhan, China.
A view of the suspects swiping at the train station on 17 December
They reached a 32-year-old woman in a southbound A train at West 8th Street station and physically changed verbally. The victim suffered injuries after punching him in the face. File image of the above west 4th street station
Trump has also sometimes called COVID-19 the ‘China virus’ and blamed China for the global epidemic.
Earlier this year, a video surfaced on social media showing a metro passenger showing a freeze bottle for an Asian man in the train.
Anyone is asked to provide information on the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).