Brooklyn Woman Charged With Hate Crime For Slapping Woman Speaking Mandarin in Manhattan

A Brooklyn woman accused of harassing and slapping an Asian woman two weeks ago in Manhattan’s Lower East Side near Chinatown has been arrested on Tuesday.

The incident: Cheyanne Taylor, 29, approached the 25-year-old victim at around 7:30 p.m. on April 7 as she was sitting outside an ice cream shop with a friend on Grand Street near Forsyth Street, New York Daily News reported.

  • The woman was speaking to her friend in Mandarin when the suspect approached them and started hurling anti-Asian remarks at her.
  • “I don’t want you talking! Shut the f**k up! Go back to where you came from! Go back to your country!” the suspect reportedly screamed.
  • Surveillance footage caught Taylor slapping the victim across the face then fleeing the scene.
  • Police say the victim refused medical attention. 

The arrest: The woman was arrested on Tuesday and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, according to PIX11.

  • The news comes after the NYPD announced on Monday that a new civilian panel will be assisting police with possible hate crimes, following the rise of anti-Asian bias and violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Featured Image via NYPD Hate Crimes

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