The incident occurred on the same day the New York Police Department announced that there have been three anti-Asian hate crimes and 22 coronavirus-related hate crimes in 2020, according to Gothamist.
“Recent Coronavirus-related incidents fall under the anti-other category as there are primarily two motivating factors behind those crimes: The victim’s race (Anti-Asian) and the perception that they have coronavirus,” it said in a press release.
Last month, the department launched an Asian Hate Crime Task Force, which aims to address the surge in abusive incidents against Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest is urged to contact the police at 1-800-577-TIPS. A $2,500 reward has been allotted for the case.
Feature Image via New York Police Department
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