A new surveillance video shows the suspect accused of
The incident occurred while Teoh Ming Soon, 56, was entering the F train station at East Broadway and Rutgers Street around 8:52 p.m. on Tuesday.
For no apparent reason, the male suspect struck Soon in the face and continued to beat him even after he fell down.
Soon sustained non-life-threatening head injuries and was brought to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in stable condition.
The new surveillance video shows the suspect fleeing the scene and hopping a turnstile at the subway station.
He wore a black cap backward, a red bandana over his face, a gray sweater, and carries what appeared to be a jacket and some other clothing, according to the New York Post.
Soon, who was heading home from his Chinatown work, barely saw the face of his attacker.
“He hit me three times,” he told the New York Daily News, pointing at his injuries. “And the rest, I don’t remember anything after that. I fell down and I don’t know what happened next.”
Soon immigrated to the U.S. from Malaysia 20 years ago. He insists he has no idea why he was attacked, but the rise in anti-Asian violence offers some clues.
“I don’t know why he attacked me,” Soon told ABC7 News. “Maybe because I’m Asian?”
The New York Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or message @NYPDTips.
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