NEW YORK - Police want to find the man who kicked a woman in the back and in the leg while making anti-Asian comments in Chelsea.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the unprovoked assault on June 12 at about 11:55 a.m.
The 23-year-old woman was walking in front of 122 West 26th Street when the man attacked her. Another man tried to help the woman when the assailant took out a knife and threatened the man.
The victim suffered pain in her back and right leg but refused medical attention, said police.
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The suspect fled eastbound on West 26th Street.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential, said police.
The attack is the latest in a string of unprovoked assaults against Asians in the city. A 23-year-old victim was exiting the northbound 1 train in Morningside Heights at about 6:45 a.m. on May 12 when a man swung his walking cane at her multiple times striking her on the head and hip, said police.
In April, a 50-year-old woman was sitting aboard a southbound D train in Brooklyn around 4:15 p.m. when a suspect approached her and said, "Get off my train, you don't belong here," before slapping the woman in the back of her head with an open hand.