Police seek man who attacked Asian woman as hate crime rates increase

Moment Asian woman, 75, is sucker-punched by thug who left her with two black eyes, a fractured eye socket and broken nose in New York City as hate crimes soar

  • A video released by the NYPD shows the 75-year-old woman being randomly attacked by a man in Queens on Wednesday
  • The assault left the Wing Wa Chin with a broken nose, fractured eye socket and two black eyes, authorities say 
  • Police say attacks on Asians and Asian-Americans have spiked, with 86 reports this year compared to just 19 the same time last year
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to double the city’s efforts against hate crimes, and allocated $3 million to Asian American and Jewish community groups

Surveillance footage has captured the moment a thug sucker-punched an elderly Asian woman in New York City as hate crimes soar. 

NYPD is now working to identify the man who punched the 75-year-old Wing Wa Chin mother in the face around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near 57th Avenue and 97th Place in Queens. 

The footage shows the man walking down the sidewalk before punching the woman, who falls to the ground as he walks away.  The vicious and unprovoked attack left the elderly woman with a broken nose, fractured eye socket and two black eyes. 

‘She was just coming back from the supermarket and she had her shopping cart,’ the victim’s son, who asked not to be identified in fear of retaliation, told CBS2. 

NYPD working to identify the man who punched the 75-year-old Chinese mother in the face around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near 57th Avenue and 97th Place in Queens 

The footage shows the man walking down the sidewalk before punching the woman, who falls to the ground as he walks away 

‘It’s kinda obvious. He punched her because she was an Asian lady,’ he added.

The victim, who was treated for her injuries at a nearby hospital, has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years, her son told the news outlet. She will need further surgery to help heal her wounds.  

‘She said people around were nice enough to help her call the ambulance. They came to pick her up and stuff like that, so I’m glad people around here at least stick up for each other,’ the victim’s son told CBS2.

The assault is just one of many that have targeted Asians citywide, with at least 86 anti-Asian hate crimes being reported to authorities this year, according to the NYPD. 

There were only 19 such reports the same time last year.

A rally was held in Chinatown hours after the attack in solidarity against the ongoing and increasing assaults and hate crimes towards Asians, with actor and activist Danny Glover being in attendance.

 ‘We had to stand for justice,’ Glover said at the rally. ‘We, at this particular moment, have to stand on the right side of history.’

In March, 65-year-old Filipina woman Vilma Kari was knocked to the ground in a horrifying racist attack.   

Kari was walking to church in midtown Manhattan on March 29 when Brandon Elliot, 38, approached her, knocked her to the ground and kicked her repeatedly.

She was left with head injuries and a broken pelvis. He yelled anti-Asian racist slurs at her before fleeing. 

The attack was caught on surveillance cameras, as was the reaction of doormen who watched without helping and shut the doors on Vilma as she crawled along the ground.  

Elliot was out on parole at the time. In 2002, he was convicted of murdering his  own mother in front of his then five-year-old sister. He is now in custody. 

In March, 65-year-old Filipina woman Vilma Kari was knocked to the ground in a horrifying racist attack. 

The suspect, identified as Brandon Elliot, stands over Vilma Kari 

Surveillance camera footage caught the attack on March 29. It happened right outside this Manhattan building where three doormen watched it unfold without helping 

The spate of hate crimes has also targeted Jewish people. Last week, Joseph Borgen, 29, an accountant, was brutally attacked by a group of Palestinian supporters as he headed to a pro-Israel rally in Times Square.

Borgen told DailyMail.com that he was bludgeoned with crutches and a flag pole by as many as 10 people who hurled anti-Semitic abuse at him. 

‘I thought I was going to die. I thought I was really going to die,’ said the brutalized man.  

In light of all the recent citywide anti-Asian and anti-Semitic attacks, New York City  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced increased funding for anti-hate initiatives. 

‘We need to redouble our efforts to fight hate, and we’ve gotta work with outstanding community leaders and organizations to reach deep into the grassroots,’ he said. 

De Blasio announced the creation of a new initiative called Partners Against The Hate, or P.A.T.H. Forward on Thursday, while committing $3 million in funding for Asian American and Jewish community groups, CBS reports. 

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to the Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com. 

Any information that leads to an arrest could fetch up to a $3,500 reward, according to NYPD.

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