Asian man attacked, repeatedly punched as he entered subway station

A man entering a subway station on the Lower East Side was attacked and knocked unconscious in what appears to be another hate crime targeting Asian people in New York City.

The 56-year-old victim was entering the F train station at East Broadway and Rutgers Street on Tuesday at about 8:50 p.m. when he was punched in the face and repeatedly as he lay on the ground, said police.

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The victim told police he didn't know why he was attacked. He suffered a broken nose and swelling to the head.

The suspect fled into the subway station.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the assault.

Anti- Asian American hate crimes have been on the rise across the city since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.