An Asian woman in New York City was hit by a stranger with a hammer to the head, demanding the victim to remove her mask, police said Monday.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the raid. No arrests have been made since Tuesday morning.
The attack took place around 8:40 p.m. ET Sunday at 410, the block of West 42nd Street, in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, police said.
Police released a surveillance video showing the moment a woman appeared to blame two Asian women walking on the sidewalk from behind. Police said the woman demanded that the mask be removed before being hammered into the head.
The victim was identified as a 31-year-old woman who was taken to hospital due to a head injury, officials said. Another 29-year-old Asian woman suffered bodily injury.
The 31-year-old told NBC New York she was “shocked” and added that she had lived in New York City for two years.
“I have never faced this before,” she said. “It has never happened in my life.”
After the attack, the woman with the hammer ran, police said. The officer is still searching for her.
Hours before the attack, hundreds of New Yorkers, including city officials, gathered at a rally in Flushing in Queens to condemn the hate crimes against the Asian American community.
“If you hate, get out of here because you don’t deserve to be in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a rally on Sunday.
The “Stop Asian Hate” march was held a day after two other Asian Americans were targeted in separate attacks in Queens and Brooklyn, according to NBC New York Police. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating. Both events
The hammer attack took place just blocks from where a man repeatedly kicked a 65-year-old Asian woman outside a luxury apartment building as witnesses showed up in late March.
Authorities arrested a lifelong parole suspect for severely stabbing his mother in 2002, a porter of two apartment buildings caught in video watching the assault took place, were dismissed, the building owner said.
Last week, a new analysis of hate crime data revealed that growing attacks against Asians have remained steady.
The analysis, published by the Center for Hate and Extremist Studies at California State University San Bernardino, found that hate crime increased 169 percent from the first quarter of 2021 to the same period in 2020 in 15 cities. big
New York City saw the largest increase from 13 hate crimes in the first quarter of 2020 to 42 in the same period this year, a 223 percent increase, according to research.