MANHATTAN, NY– Hate crimes against Asian individuals in this country has become a widespread issue since the Coronavirus began.
On Monday, May 31st, yet another attack on an Asian woman took place in New York City’s Chinatown. According to authorities, a man was arrested after surveillance video captured him punching a 55-year-old Asian woman in the face in an unprovoked attack.
The man, identified as 48-year-old Alexander Wright of Manhattan, was charged with one count of assault as a hate crime, assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection with the incident, NBC News reported.
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line-Niou posted the surveillance video on Twitter, and said in part:
“This just happened in my district in Chinatown. He has been arrested and our precinct is investigating.”
The video shows the woman walking down Bayard Street shortly after 6 p.m. ET when a man walking in the opposite direction randomly punches her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
The man, who initially stuck around the scene, immediately puts his hand up in defense to someone not seen on camera.
This was just sent to me from my constituent. This just happened in my district in Chinatown. He has been arrested and our precinct is investigating. pic.twitter.com/sxNfCbrlza
— Yuh-Line Niou (@yuhline) May 31, 2021
The footage then shows several people on the street approach the woman, who appears to be unconscious on the ground, and the man walks away.
According to police, the woman was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where she was listen in stable condition. At this time, the name of the victims has not been released.
Wright was arrested a block away from the attack and taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation, according to reports.
The incident was just the latest anti-Asian hate crime that is taking place in the U.S. this year.
An analysis of hate crime data in late April revealed that the increase in anti-Asian attacks has remained consistent.
The research, released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that hate crimes surged 169 percent when comparing the first quarter of 2021 to the same time period in 2020 across 15 major cities, NBC reported.
Man arrested after video captured him punching a 55-year-old Asian woman in the face in New York City’s Chinatown on Monday, authorities say. https://t.co/cRtxlxdFWi
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 1, 2021
A report from the center in March showed that hate crimes increased by nearly 150 percent in major cities last year.
The anti-Asian hate crimes are not just isolated to New York. Law Enforcement Today has reported on numerous incidents, including in California, where according to San Leandro Police, attacks toward Asian Americans have spiked nearly 300 percent since 2020.
In one of the more recent attacks to take place there, the video of the assault and robbery of an 80-year-old Asian man prompted residents in one neighborhood to speak out, after an elderly man was knocked to the ground and beaten by two teens in an unprovoked attack. Here is more on that story.
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SAN LEANDRO, CA – According to San Leandro Police, attacks toward Asian Americans have spiked nearly 300 percent since 2020 and now a video of a recent assault and robbery of an 80-year-old Asian man is prompting residents in one neighborhood to speak out.
— Robert M. Goetz (@rmgg5553) May 11, 2021
The surveillance video shows the elderly man get knocked to the ground by two teens and the sound of calls for help and high-pitched giggles from another teen, presumed to be in the getaway car nearby.
Authorities said that the suspects involved are as young as 16-years-old. The man who recorded the video from his home and who only wants to be referred to as “Marcos” out of safety precautions, said:
“It’s crazy to see kids that age doing that kind of stuff going down that road already.”
Unfortunately, San Leandro is no stranger to attacks on Asian Americans. From a woman placing hate-filled letters on residents’ doors demanding Asians leave the country immediately back in May 2020 to a brazen daytime robbery outside a Bank of America where an older Asian man was knocked to the ground and unable to get up, crimes against Asians are drastically on the rise in this area.
Lt. Ali Kahn of San Leandro Police said that they were shocked when the chief received the results of a victim demographic study.
“We were equally as shocked. From 2019 to 2020 we saw an almost 300 percent increase in crimes towards our Asian and Pacific Islander community members.”
Even though police cannot say for certain how many incidents are hate crimes or were motivated, Lt. Kahn reiterated that the numbers do not lie.
In response to these horrific statistics, the department has boosted patrol numbers and is working with the DA on finding solutions to the challenges of dealing with minors who are released only to re-offend.
NEW: Man wanted for felony assault after racist attack on Asian restaurant employee identified.
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) May 11, 2021
Lt. Kahn recalled a recent string of incidents several weeks ago were a rash of carjackings and burglaries were committed by juveniles, which brought up a number of questions on how to solve the problem, one of them being:
“Other than putting juveniles in hail what other avenues can we have to maybe divert some of the things that are happening?”
The man who captured this latest attack on his family’s security camera said that he only wants one thing for those who try to disrupt his otherwise quiet community:
“More consequences because it seems to be ongoing. It’s really the best thing that can happen so they can learn.”
Authorities said that the 80-year-old victim from this recent attack was robbed of a watch and sustained minor injuries. He believes the crime was hate-motivated. During the assault, the victim called out for help and then the suspects took off.
However, police said that a similar vehicle was seen in a strong-armed robbery in San Leandro less than two hours later. The victim in that incident is described as a younger woman who was robbed of her purse.
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) May 11, 2021
Another video captured by KGO just a week prior to this incident showed the random stabbing of two elderly Asian women in San Francisco, including one who was attacked so brutally that the blade broke off in her body.
Witness Jenny Shao, told local outlet KPIX:
“The assailant walked up to their victim stabbed them and very casually walked away in broad daylight.”
Police later arrested 54-year-old Patrick Thompson for the brutal crime. He has been charged with attempted murder. The victims, ages 65 and 85, were treated for their wounds at a nearby hospital.
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Author: K. Winters