NEW YORK – An Asian American woman was attacked in broad daylight and had anti-Asian insults hurled at her by her attacker as she walked down a Midtown Manhattan street Monday, New York City police said.
The woman, 65, was hospitalized with serious injuries after a man punched, kicked and stomped on her in front of an apartment building on 43rd street, police said, while staff in the building appeared to standby without intervening.
In a statement, NYPD called the incident “a hate crime assault” and said its Hate Crime Task Force was investigating.
Unsettling surveillance video from inside showed the woman passing in front of the building’s open front doors when the attacker appears in frame and immediately kicks the woman, knocking her to the ground. The man then kicks and stomps on the woman multiple times before walking away.
After the scene unfolds, the staff inside the apartment building appear to close the door without helping the woman.
The incident occurred just before noon on Monday. NYPD released photos of the suspect Tuesday and said they were also seeking tips from the public for information about the attack.
The woman was taken to NYU Langone Hospital and was in stable condition, police said.
In a statement, The Brodsky Organization, the building’s management company, said it had suspended the staff members who did not intervene in the incident pending an investigation.
“The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community,” the company said in a statement.
The incident follows a concerning spike in anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a report from Stop AAPI Hate over 3,795 incidents were reported to the organization from March 19, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021. The organization said that number is “only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur.”
Earlier this month, a gunman opened fire at three Atlanta-area spas, killing eight people, mostly women of Asian descent.