UPDATE: NYPD arrested and charged man who punched 52-year-old Asian woman in the head as hate crime

Manhattan attack on Asian woman

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.

  • 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.

Featured Image via NYPD Crime Stoppers

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