NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for a man who has allegedly assaulted a woman on his way to a protest protest violence against Asians has spiked recently.
It happened around 11:30 am on Sunday morning on Astor Place accommodation East Village.
This is one of the latest attacks that the NYPD Hatred Crime Task Force is investigating.
According to police, a 37-year-old woman was participating in an Asian anti-violence protest when the suspect approached and asked for a sign she brought.
He allegedly stepped on it, then punched the woman in the face twice when she asked why he did that to the sign.
Police said the suspect took off and disappeared into the Astor Place subway station.
This weekend, a number of rallies were held across the city, such as a demonstration at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, denouncing the hateful crimes of Asians.
“I really feel pain. I feel a cramp in my stomach. It also affects my thinking, just like my actions. I’m afraid to go out, ”said Atsuko Nakajima-Healy, of Crown Heights.
Back in Manhattan, the police are looking for another man involved in the attack as a hate crime. They say he screamed and punched a 66-year-old Asian man in the face on Allen Street on the Lower East Side at around 9am on Saturday
Monday, Major Bill de Blasio again spoke about these types of attacks.
“It made me sick. it makes me angry and we will deal with it positively, ”de Blasio said. “You can expect to see the NYPD’s presence increase there to protect you.”
Police arrested Marc Mathieu, 36, over the weekend, accusing him of assault for a subway attack on Friday afternoon. He allegedly punched a 68-year-old Asian man on the train.
Witness George O’Krepkie said: “He used the term ‘mf Asian’ and before anything happened, he was on him and blood was everywhere.”
Anyone with information about the latest attacks is requested to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip through their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.