On Tuesday night, an Asian man became the latest victim of a coronavirus-fueled hate crime. The attack happened on Manhattan’s Upper East side, according to the police.
The victim was a 59-year-old man. He was walking south on Madison Avenue near East 104th Street around 9 pm. At this time, a teen kicked him in the back. The victim fell to the ground.
The kid yelled out, “F***ing Chinese coronavirus,” and told the Asian man to go back to his own country, said sources.
Police say that the victim refused medical attention, but suffered injuries to his knees and hands. He told police that the same teen also spat on his face and said that Chinese people have coronavirus on Saturday.
The attacker is described as a teenager who weighs about 160 pounds. He is around 5 feet, 8 inches tall. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating both incidents.
On the same day that the Asian man was attacked, a 23-year-old Asian woman was punched in the face. A man in Midtown called out, “Where is your corona mask, you Asian b*tch?” and hit her.
The perpetrator attacked the woman as she walked between Fifth and Sixth avenues on 34th street around 9:30 am. The woman suffered a possible dislocated jaw. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital and police are probing the case as another hate crime.
NYPD police logged zero hate crimes against Asians in 2020 until March 8. Strangely, there were three hate crimes against Asians during the same time period in 2019.
In an afternoon press conference that many were able to read from their cellphones, Mayor De Blasio addressed the recent hate crimes against Asians.
“Right now, we’ve seen particularly troubling instances of discrimination directed at Asian communities, particularly the Chinese community,” said De Blasio. “This is unacceptable. We’ve talked openly and honestly about the fact that too many hate crimes go unreported,” he said.
“I am beseeching you all to tell the members of your communities that if they are the victims of a hate crime, it must be reported to the NYPD so we can act on it; so we can find the perpetrators. And there will be consequences so we can stop them from doing it to another person.”
Revised data regarding hate crimes will be available on Monday, said the NYPD in a statement.