A Bronx man has been arrested for allegedly harassing a 25-year-old Asian woman in Manhattan.
Daniel Negroni, 31, is accused of targeting the unnamed victim in Sutton Place around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to WLNY.
The woman reported that Negroni approached her and made anti-Asian comments as she was out on First Avenue and 57th Street on the East Side.
ABC 7 News reporter CeFaan Kim shared on Twitter that the man allegedly told the woman: “Corona Virus Asian, so I should punch you.”
She told investigators that the man also tried to hit her but missed before fleeing the scene. An earlier report noted that the victim was not physically hurt from the incident.
NYPD released images of the suspect captured by surveillance cameras in the area.
NYPD says this man walking dog told a 25-year-old Asian woman “Corona Virus Asian, so I should punch you,” then tried to punch her head but missed. Victim ran away. Happened Tues 1p on 1st Ave & E 57th St. @NYPDHateCrimes has been notified. #StopAsianHateCrimes #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/pztxs7CkDX
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) April 14, 2021
Negroni was soon apprehended by local authorities and is now facing a charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
Featured Image via CeFaan Kim