NEW YORK (UKTN) – The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a brutal assault on Hell’s Kitchen in connection with the latest attack on an Asian New Yorker.
The Hate Crimes Task Force condemns a nearby security guard who they say stood nearby and did nothing, UKTN’s Ali Bauman reported on Monday.
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The victim, a 65-year-old woman on her way to church, was hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.
Surveillance video shows a man kicking the woman on the ground, stomping her several times before police say he made anti-Asian statements. Sources told UKTN that he also told the woman, “You don’t belong here,” and then fled.
Help identify the individual below wanted in connection with an assault. On Monday, March 29 at 11:40 a.m. at 360 West 43rd St, a 65-year-old woman was approached by an unidentified man who punched and kicked her in the body and made anti-Asian statements . Info? ☎️1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/LkwfYhMCLr
– NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 29, 2021
It happened on West 43rd Street just before noon Monday.
The Asian Hate Crimes Task Force tweeted the video, saying in part, “The cold-hearted building security guard not only failed to help, but closed the door on the victim.”
“It’s really terrible as every day there seems to be another incident,” said Ahyoung Kim of the Asian American Federation.
The Hate Crimes Task Force is also investigating an attack on the J train. A man beat and suffocated a man until he was unconscious. Police believe the victim is Asian.
Comrades watched without intervening.
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Video of the attack has been viewed over a million times on social media. The police are trying to trace its origin and identify both the victim and the suspect.
Dozens of people gathered in Queens on Monday night for a candlelight vigil honoring the lives lost in the Atlanta shooting and standing up to all the victims of hate.
“What kind of hatred is displayed in this type of attack?” State Senator John Liu said.
“Asian Americans for too long in this country have been a shameful scapegoat for ignorant fear,” said Representative Grace Meng.
NYPD figures show at least 31 anti-Asian hate crimes citywide so far in 2021. But the department admits crimes against Asian Americans have long been underreported.
“We’re just starting to learn to talk about something that’s been going on for as long as we can remember,” Kim said.
The Asian Hate Crimes Task Force said UKTN passersby did not intervene too often when they witness an attack.
“Silence is complicit when we see our brothers and sisters being attacked,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards.
“It is not easier, but it is useful when people come together,” Senator Liu said.
Starting this week, undercover Asian-American police officers will march through the streets in an effort to prevent and respond to hate crimes.
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In the meantime, investigators are asking anyone with information about the latest attacks to contact the police.