A 44-year-old Asian woman was punched, kicked and dragged on the ground during a recent robbery in Queens, NY. The incident, which was caught on security camera, occurred outside an apartment building on 35th Avenue and Linden Place in the neighborhood of Flushing on Feb. 23. The surveillance video shows a masked suspect approaching the woman from behind before violently pinning her to the ground. The suspect then punches, kicks and drags his victim around before running off with her purse, which contained $132 in cash. The victim sustained minor injuries from the encounter. New York has seen a rise in anti-Asian crimes in the past several weeks. However, this latest incident is not being investigated as a hate crime since the woman was supposedly not targeted because of her race.
The suspect has been described as a male who wore gloves, a hoodie, sweatpants and sneakers. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477. Tips may also be sent here. Do you have a hate incident to report? Help us document the recent rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans by going to STOP AAPI HATE to report an incident. Please stay safe out there. Feature Image Screenshots via New York Police Department
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