A 48-year-old man of Asian descent was allegedly punched multiple times and bitten on the hand by a shirtless attacker at a sidewalk in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan on Tuesday morning.
Unprovoked attack: The unnamed victim was walking along West 43rd Street and 11th Avenue when an unknown assailant approached him and started punching him repeatedly, reported WABC.
- The attacker then allegedly yelled, “Go back to China,” and bit two fingers of the victim’s left hand before fleeing.
- The tip of the victim’s middle finger was severed during the attack. He was brought to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment and is now in stable condition.
- In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo condemned the violent attack, which he says a part of “an alarming, disgusting pattern.”
- “As New Yorkers, we are forever proud of our diversity, and we reject any cowardly attempts to divide us,” he said. “Justice needs to be done, and I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer their assistance in the investigation of this attack.”
Ongoing investigation: The NYPD Hates Crimes Task Force, which is now looking for “a suspect wearing white and black sneakers, with no shirt, carrying a sweatshirt,” released a video of the alleged suspect on Twitter.