Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include that the suspect was identified as Vincent Diehl, 47. He was arrested on Tuesday and is being charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, according to the NYPD Hate Crimes.
Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who punched a woman in an alleged anti-Asian hate crime in Manhattan over the weekend.
What happened: The attack happened near First Avenue and East 19th Street in the Gramercy Park neighborhood on Sunday, at around 1:30 p.m., according to the NYPD, PIX11 reported.
🚨WANTED🚨for an Assault in the vicinity of 1 Avenue & East 19th Street #gramercy #manhattan On 8/22/21 @ 1:30 PM Reward up to $3500 Seen him? Know who he is? Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us! Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #yourcityyourcall pic.twitter.com/ZcMRpuZUoh
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) August 23, 2021
- The unidentified suspect reportedly approached the 52-year-old female victim and punched her in the head.
- He also made anti-Asian remarks towards the woman, saying, “Get the f**k out of here” and “Go back to your country,” NY Daily News reported.
- After hitting her, the man fled the scene on foot along First Avenue, AMNY reported.
- Paramedics responded to the location and treated the victim, and the incident was reported to the 13th Precinct.
- The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, which has conducted investigations into numerous anti-Asian attacks that have occurred in New York City, is now investigating the case. A surveillance camera image has also been released to help identify the suspect.
- Authorities have set up a $3,500 reward.
- Just last week, representatives from the Asian community and elected officials rallied together in lower Manhattan, calling on the police and the city to put a stop to the hateful attacks on Asians.
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