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New York police are investigating a series of seven unprovoked hate crime attacks against Asian American women over the course of approximately two hours, authorities said recently.
Investigators with the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force are looking for the man accused of attacking the seven Asian or Asian American victims in Manhattan on Sunday night – without saying a word and without having prior interactions with them, the NYPD said. late Tuesday.
The anti-Asian attack pattern was announced just hours before the NYPD released its latest crime statistics, which showed hate crimes soared 200% year-over-year from February 21 to February 27. Six hate crimes were reported this year in the most recent one-week period, compared to two in 2021. Hate crimes are up 142.9% year-to-date, with 85 reported so far. now in 2022 compared to the 35 recorded at the same time last year, the NYPD said.
Sunday’s spate of assaults began around 6:30 p.m. Sunday around Madison Avenue and East 30th Street. Police say the man approached a 57-year-old woman and punched her in the face before continuing down Madison Avenue.
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The victim suffered cuts and swelling to his face and was being treated at a local hospital, officers said.
He reportedly walked to Fifth Avenue and East 30th Street, where he allegedly punched a 25-year-old woman in the face and the back of the arm around 6:40 p.m.
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About five minutes later, he punched a 21-year-old woman in the face in the area of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street, police said. The victim was transported to a local hospital in acceptable condition.
But the attacks continued.
The suspect then punched a 25-year-old woman in the face in the area of East 17th Street and Irving Place around 6:50 p.m., police said. And about 15 minutes later, he elbowed a 19-year-old woman in the face near the intersection of Union Square East and East 17th Street, police said.
He showed up about a mile away around 7:25 p.m., when he allegedly elbowed a 25-year-old woman in the mouth in the East Houston Street and Mott Street neighborhood.
Then, more than an hour later, at 8:37 p.m., he showed a 20-year-old woman on the ground around Broadway and East 8th Street, police said.
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Police noted that in each case “there was no prior interaction and no statement was made.”
Investigators described the man as having “a fair complexion and blond hair”. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt, dark pants and a multicolored backpack.
The NYPD is asking anyone with information about the attacks or the suspect to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online. here.