In another senseless attack, a man of Asian descent was pushed onto the New York City subway rails. The police are currently investigating the case and looking for the suspect.
On Monday morning, at around 7:45 a.m., an incident almost turned tragic at the F line's 21st Street/Queensbridge subway station. Another person of Asian descent was attacked.
The 35-year-old man was standing on the southbound subway platform when another man approached him. The suspect came up to him from behind before whispering something to the Asian man.
The length of the Manhattan subway | Photo: Pixabay/Igor Ovsyannykov
After speaking to the Asian man, the suspect suddenly shoved the victim onto the train tracks. The suspect then fled the crime scene on foot, and footage of him has been released.
Authorities described the perpetrator as a Black male, 6 feet tall, and in his 20s or 30s. The last time the Queens suspect was seen, he was a black face mask and a matching sweatshirt with a hoody.
Luckily, the victim was quickly assisted back onto the platform by other bystanders and passengers. The Asian man also managed not to make contact with the train during his fall.
Some reports say the train hadn’t arrived, while others state that the oncoming train could stop before hitting the victim. However, the victim suffered a laceration to his forehead.
The Asian man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital Queens in stable condition. The New York Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force investigates the case, but it wasn’t clear if they were looking at it as a hate crime.
The incident is part of recent violent attacks against Asian Americans in the US since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year. It’s believed racism is part of the reason for the attacks.
Last week, New York’s Mayor De Blasio deployed 250 extra cops underground because of the rise of subway crimes. The deployment was the largest one on subways since the 1990s.
Anyone with information concerning the Asian victim’s case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. Witnesses or people with information will be kept anonymous, and calls will be kept confidential.
Almost two months ago, Vilma Kari, 65, an Asian woman, was assaulted on her way to church in Midtown during Easter week. Her case made headlines, and she’s since spoken up about it.
Kari, who is still recovering, has continued to speak about her ordeal to raise awareness as hate crimes continue against people of Asian descent. She said she was still struggling mentally and emotionally.
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