Asian hate: Couple threatened by suspected Black man at Home Depot — 'I’ll cut you, you f****ng Asian'
Onlookers silent as the man threatens the couple with a piece of lumber in hand. Police searching for suspect
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Despite calls from President Biden, attacks on Asian Americans continue to plague the nation. Today, police in New York City recorded two separate incidents of hate crime, including one where a woman was brutally beaten. Just hours apart, the two incidents have highlighted the dangers Asian Americans continue to face all over the US.
In the latest incident, a man approached a mixed-race couple, with a piece of lumber in hand. He told the woman, who was not Asian, "Why you with that little d- -k Asian —?" He then turned to her Asian boyfriend, and said, "I’ll cut you, you f–king Asian,’’ according to the police. “Don’t call anyone. I’m a Blood, I’ll shoot you” he added, before fleeing from the scene.
The incident occurred at the Home Depot in New York City at around 2:30 PM. As soon as the man fled, the 24-year-old victim reported the incident to workers at the store, before heading to the 75th precinct on Sutter Ave.
Cops are now looking at surveillance footage to try and identify the perpetrator. They have released a description of the suspect as a Black man with a thin build and a scar near one of his eyes. The names of the victim and his girlfriend have also not been released. The victim reportedly lives at Rockaway Beach, Queens. The case is being investigated as a hate crime, cops confirmed to The New York Post. No further details are available at this time. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is yet to issue an official statement about the incident. Details were obtained by The Post from a confidential source. We'll update this story when we know more.
The attack occurred less than three hours after a 65-year-old woman was brutally attacked in Hell's Kitchen. The woman was hospitalized as a result, while the suspect is still at large. Another video shows an Asian man being beaten on a subway car in the city.
A police source told The Post, “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.” He added that the the race-haters “think [Asians] are the reason why coronavirus is here. They think they’re the reason they have to wear a mask.”
New York City has become a major hotspot for hate crimes against Asians. A report by the Asian American Bar Association of New York found that there were 259 anti-Asian incidents in the city in 2020. Statistics from the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force show 10 incidents this year alone in the city.