NEW YORK - An attack on an Asian man in East Harlem is being investigated as a hate crime.
It happened on Feb. 15, 2021, in front of Fred Samuel Park on Malcolm X Blvd.
A 27-year-old man was walking to his vehicle just after 10 p.m. when a man pushed him. When the victim asked why he was pushed the attacker made anti-Asian comments and then punched the victim in the face.
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The attacker then took off on West 139 St.
The NYPD released a video Sunday night showing the man wanted in connection with the incident. Anyone with information was asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Police say all calls are confidential.
The NYPD has been confronting a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes across the city. It has created an anti-Asian Hate Crime Task Force.
The city has unveiled a Stop Asian Hate web page to encourage those who witness anti-Asian bias attacks to report it. The website even offers suggested tweets and posts to copy and paste onto social media to raise awareness and to send a warning that those who commit hate crimes will face consequences.