‘What are you doing here, Asian?’: Three suspects sought by police for group attack on NYC man

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Three suspects are being sought out in connection with an attack on a 30-year-old Asian man in New York City on October 23. 

Reported incident: Security footage from the incident provided the New York Police Department with images of the attack and perpetrators. 

  • According to the NYPD Hate Crimes Twitter, five people approached the man around 10:30 p.m. near 31st St. and Fifth Ave in Manhattan’s Koreatown. 
  • The New York Daily News reported that one of the perpetrators confronted the victim asking, “What are you doing here, Asian?” 
  • Three members of the group then allegedly began physically assaulting the victim with their fists and wooden sticks. 

Hate crimes continue to rise: The number of reported hate crimes against Asian Americans has spiked nationwide since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • New York City established a permanent Asian Hate Crimes Task Force in September 2020 to document and address incidents in response to a spike in reported cases that year, a trend that has continued into 2021.

In the first half of 2021 alone, there was a 395% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans reported in New York City as compared to in 2020.

Featured image via NYPD

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