A woman accused of attacking a female Asian with a hammer in New York City has been arrested and charged this week.
Caught on camera: The incident occurred on West 42nd Street in Times Square at around 8:40 p.m. on May 4.
- The suspect allegedly yelled “Take off your mask!” before hitting the woman with what police described as a hammer.
- The victim, identified as Theresa, suffered a gash on the left side of her forehead that required seven stitches.
- A 31-year-old native of Taiwan, Theresa recently graduated from a master’s program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
- A second Asian woman, 29, reportedly was not hurt in the incident.
The charges: The suspect, identified as Ebony Jackson, 37, was charged with assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Post reported.
- According to WABC, police shared information about Jackson’s arrest on Wednesday.
- Police also shared that Jackson is homeless.
- NBC News reported that the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this case.
- Jackson is not facing hate crime charges at this time.
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