A nurse says she has been unable to work since a man hit her from behind with his bike’s handlebars and called her anti-Asian slurs on a subway platform in New York City last weekend.
What happened: Atsuko Obando, 54, was heading to work around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 when the suspect slammed into her back with his bike. The incident occurred on the platform inside the West 116th Street and Broadway station in Morningside Heights, the New York Daily News reported.
- When asked why he did it, the suspect laughed and said, “I got you good you Asian f*cking b*tch,” Obando told WABC. She then walked away, but he allegedly continued to taunt her.
- Obando said she was scared of her attacker as he was tall. The suspect, who was seen on surveillance images, fled to the southbound side of the train station, New York City police told Fox News.
Thanks to hard work & dedication by our @NYPDDetectives, this suspect has been apprehended and charged with this incident. https://t.co/0A06HNgnzf
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 3, 2021
The aftermath: Obando suffered minor injuries to her lower back. She sought treatment on her own — walking to the emergency room by herself — but has since been unable to come to work.
- On Thursday, police arrested 46-year-old Raymond Bennet in connection with the incident. He was charged with assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon.
- “I sensed his entitlement, as if he had some kind of divine right to hurt another human being,” Obando told WABC of her attacker. “I will be satisfied that he sees his own face and poster, and he knows that I didn’t just go away and he couldn’t dismiss me.”
A $3,500 reward was offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest, according to Fox News.
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