‘14 stitches in his head’: Queens subway push victim still reeling one day after possible hate crime attack

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A Queens mother, one day after a muttering madman shoved her unsuspecting son in front of an oncoming subway train, had just a single question: Why?

“He doesn’t know my son,” said the angry 59-year-old mom as she tended Tuesday to the seriously injured man inside their home. “They’re strangers. Why is he hurting my son?”

The 35-year-old Asian victim escaped with his life early Monday in the unprovoked attack that left him with 14 stitches, a missing chunk of flesh near his eyebrow, a concussion and severe pain.

Police were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime amid a recent surge in violence targeting Asian New Yorkers, including an attack last week where a deranged man bit off a chunk of victim Youya Hua’s middle finger in Hell’s Kitchen.

The Queens attacker remained on the loose Tuesday, with police hunting the suspect who was dressed all in black when he assaulted the victim around 7:45 a.m. Monday.

“The wound was really deep and really bad,” the mother said of her son’s injuries. “He’s in a lot of pain. He has to rely on painkillers right now ... The doctor told me to check on him every two hours.”

According to police, the attacker was mumbling under his breath before lining up his victim and shoving the man to the tracks as an F train approached the 21st St.-Queensbridge Station in Long Island City. A day and a half later, the victim’s head remained wrapped in bandages as he recovered.

“I want to thank the person who stopped the train in time, but also the people around who called 911 and got him to the hospital in time so I could see him again,” his mother said. “Thank you to everyone who helped.”

The victim was headed to work with a friend whose supermarket business was under construction when attacked. The single man was unemployed due to the pandemic when the job offer arose, the mother said, and he landed in Mt. Sinai Hospital Queens instead of collecting a paycheck.

Police asked anyone with information on the assailant to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS, with all calls kept confidential.

He was back home under his mother’s watchful eye as she wondered what was happening around the city.

“American society is getting too horrific,” she said. “Things like that shouldn’t be happening.”