Police are searching for six suspects who punched an Asian woman several times in the face for not wearing a mask and said ‘anti-Asian statements’ about the coronavirus to her on a subway train.
On December 17 at 1.45pm the group – three women and three men – approached the woman, 32, on a southbound A train at the West 4th Street station in Manhattan.
They allegedly confronted her for not wearing a mask and made anti-Asian statements about the virus to her, police say, as per ABC7.
Their verbal attack became physical and the victim was punched several times in the face before the group ran away.
Police are searching for six suspects who punched an Asian woman several times in the face for not wearing a mask and said ‘anti-Asian statements to her’ about coronavirus on December 17 at the West 4 St subway station in New York City. A view of two of the suspects captured on surveillance cameras above
A view of two of the suspects wanted in the attack above
The victim was left with bruises but refused medical attention.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.
On Sunday police shared four surveillance photos of the six suspects, asking for help in identifying them and offering an award of up to $2,500.
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been reports of racist attacks against Asian-Americans as the first reported cases emerged from Wuhan, China.
A view of suspects swiping into the train station on December 17 above
They approached the woman, 32, on a southbound A train at the West 4th Street station and got into a verbal altercation that turned physical. The victim suffered bruises after she was punched in the face. File image of the West 4th Street station above
Trump has also called COVID-19 the ‘China virus’ several times and has pointed blame towards China for the global pandemic.
Earlier this year a video surfaced on social media showing a subway passenger spraying what appeared to be a Febreze bottle at an Asian man on the train.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)