Police searching for attacker in hate crime assault against 65-year-old Asian woman

The New York Police Department is investigating what they say is ahate crime assaultagainst a 65-year-old Asian woman who was punched and kicked Monday in midtown Manhattan by an attacker who allegedly made anti-Asian statements toward her, according to the police.

The incidentwhich comes at a time when New York City and the nation has seen an increase in reports of attacks against Asian peoplewas captured on surveillance video and released by the NYPD, who also released photos of an unidentified male and video of the incident.
In a press release, police say they areasking for the public’s assistance in identifying the following individual wanted in connection to a hate crime assault incident.
      The NYPD press release does not refer to the man as a suspect.
        Police say an individualproceeded to kick the victim multiple times in the head before fleeing the location,” which can be seen on the surveillance footage. The NYPD tells CNN the attacker allegedly yelled an expletive followed byyou don’t belong here!” The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force in investigating.
          La víctima, según la policía, sustained a serious physical injury and was taken by paramedics to NYU Langone Hospital in stable condition.
          Police Commissioner Dermot Shea speaking on CNN affiliate NY1 Tuesday called this most recent attackvery disturbing.
          It’s really disgusting when you see the video,” él dijo. We’re calling on all New Yorkers, anyone with information, we put out a pretty good picture of the, the individual that we want to talk to that was seen walking away, and you just try to make sense of itand you can’t,” él dijo.
          Police say the incident happened in front of 360 West 43rd Street, which is the address of an apartment complex owned by the Brodsky Organization.
          The video which appears to be from the vantage point of a camera inside the apartment complex, appears to show on-lookers not reacting to the attack. Brodsky Organization has issued a statement saying in part thatthe staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.
          The Brodsky Organization also says it isalso working to identify a third-party delivery vendor present during the incident so that appropriate action can be taken.
          The Organization “condena todas las formas de discriminación, racismo, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community,” they said in their statement.
          I don’t know who attacks a 65 year-old woman and leaves her on the street like that,” Commissioner Shea said Tuesday.
          The NYPD recently announced an initiative to put Asian officers undercover to help combat the recent spate of hate crimes against Asians. Shea said they began deploying Friday night.
          We’re putting heavy, heavy uniform presence as well,” amid predominantly Asian communities in the city and through the transit system as well.
          CNN has asked NYPD if the surveillance footage was from inside the apartment complex and provided by the organization and has not yet received an answer.

          Mayor calls attack disgusting and outrageous

          New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the brazen attack against the 65-year-old woman “repugnante” y “outrageousand called on anyone with information about the incident to reach out to the police.
          We continue to see these horrible disgusting attacks on Asian American New Yorkers and it’s got to end and we’re going to use every tool we have,” he said during his daily briefing Tuesday.
          De Blasio said that while the city isnot where we need to bein terms of stomping out Asian hate he is confidenta lot of the right tools are there.
          He was pressed on whether the city is doing enough.
          I’m very frustrated by these attacks, it’s horrible, it’s disgusting to see,” he said addingit’s so unfair to Asian New Yorkers.
          Nueva York “has seen this beforein terms of hatred toward other groups, including Muslims and LGBTQIA community, De Blasio said.
          We know some of the things that work,” he said including solidarity, getting supporters involved, and assisting the NYPD.
            He said Asian American New Yorkers who are feeling isolated and fearfulneed to know that they have solidarity of all New Yorkers, and support.
            De Blasio asked anyone with information about the attack to call the NYC Crime Stoppers hot line.

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