NYPD: Man attacked Asian woman headed to rally in East Village

The NYPD has arrested a suspect in an attack on a woman who was heading to an anti-Asian violence rally in the East Village, police said.

The man approached the 37-year-old woman on Sunday at about 11:37 a.m. outside 51 Astor Place. The man asked the woman for a sign she was carrying. He then took the sign and attempted to put it into a garbage can and then placed it onto the ground and stomped on it, police said.

When the victim asked the man why he did that, he punched her twice in the face with a closed fist, police said. Then he fled into the Astor Place and 8 Street subway station on the 6 line, police said.

Authorities arrested and charged Erick Deoliveira, 27, with assault as a hate crime and criminal mischief as a hate crime, the NYPD announced on Monday.

The woman suffered a cut and bruising to her lip and a sprained ankle as she ran after the suspect. The victim was removed via EMS to Lenox Hill Healthplex Hospital for treatment. The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

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Anyone with information regarding the case 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, or on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

The NYPD is looking for the man who punched an Asian woman on her way to a rally in the East Village.

The NYPD said this man punched an Asian woman on her way to a rally in the East Village. (NYPD)

There have been a string of assaults against Asian Americans in recent weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

On Saturday, a 66-year-old Asian man was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack. The incident happened just before 9 a.m. on Allen Street in Chinatown.