A stranger randomly punched an Asian woman in a shocking video attack in Chelsea that is being investigated as a possible hate crime, cops said.
The 68-year-old victim was crossing the street at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and West 19th Street around 8:50 a.m. on April 24 when the attacker suddenly came up behind her, according to footage released early Monday.
The woman then runs the other way, reaching out her arm in an attempt to shoo the assailant away, before the bully chases after her and punches her in the chest – knocking her to the ground in the middle of the street, the clip shows.
The suspect, who did not say a word during the attack, fled, police said.
The victim was taken to Lenox Health Greenwich Village Hospital with bruised ribs and back pain, cops said.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the crime.
Police were still looking for the assailant Monday morning.
New York Post