A 55-year-old-Asian woman was hit in the back of the head and called racial slurs in a coronavirus-related attack earlier this month.
The incident took place on April 4 in Edison, New Jersey, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Chris Kuberiet and Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan said, according to Patch.
The investigation determined that the group surrounded the woman. A girl in the group allegedly punched the woman in the back of the head, My Central Jersey reported.
The young woman was arrested on April 14. Her name was not be revealed by the police as she is under 18.
She has been charged with bias intimidation, riot, simple assault (a disorderly persons offense), harassment and disorderly conduct. She was also charged with violating the state’s emergency order to not congregate in groups and to remain inside unless necessary.
This is an ongoing investigation as a possible bias crime by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s Bias Incident Investigation Standards.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Edison Detective Jeffrey Tierny at 732-248-7400, or Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jason Mendelson at 732-745- 5948.
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