NYPD looking for man who hit Asian subway rider with hammer after they bumped into each other

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  • A 29-year-old Asian man was struck in the head with a hammer allegedly after bumping into his unnamed attacker at a Chelsea subway platform.
  • The incident occurred at the 7th Avenue and West 14th Street station on the 1/2/3 line at around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • The New York Police Department (NYPD) is now looking for the attacker; however, the investigating NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has purportedly confirmed the incident was not racially motivated.
  • The attacker is described to be around 30 years old and roughly 6 feet 2 inches tall with a slim build. They were also described as wearing a purple wig, purple lipstick, a red and white jacket, red and white sneakers, blue jeans and carrying a tote bag.
  • This attack comes just two days after another unidentified Asian man, 41, was allegedly slashed across his face with a razor blade on the J train.

An Asian man was struck in the head with a hammer while standing on a subway platform in New York City on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on the 7th Avenue and West 14th Street station on the 1/2/3 line in Chelsea at around 9:15 p.m. 

The unidentified victim, 29, and suspect reportedly got into an argument after bumping into each other on the platform, after which the suspect pulled out a hammer and hit the victim. 

The suspect fled the scene on foot, and the victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is now reportedly conscious and in stable condition.

The attacker is described to be around 30 years old and roughly 6 feet 2 inches tall with a slim build. They were also described as wearing a purple wig, purple lipstick, a red and white jacket, red and white sneakers, blue jeans and carrying a tote bag. No images have been released as of this writing.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force told PIX11 News upon conducting its investigation that the attack was not racially motivated.

This attack comes just two days after another unidentified Asian man, 41, was allegedly slashed across his face with a razor blade while riding a northbound J train on March 6 at around 8:30 a.m.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, download the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or text 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Featured Image via NBC New York (left), ABC 7 (right)

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