An Asian woman was allegedly punched in the face by a stranger while waiting to cross the street in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown.
Catherine Xu was standing at Eighth and H streets NW when a stranger randomly struck her in the face on May 30.
“All of a sudden, I just feel like an impact to my face,” Xu told NBC Washington. “Someone had run up and punched me out of nowhere.”
A bystander immediately jumped in and chased after the attacker to help her, according to Xu.
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“I’m really glad the bystander stepped in,” she said. “That made a world of difference. I don’t know what would have happened if there wasn’t any intervention. At least feeling like I’m not alone out there is a little helpful. That restores my faith in humanity a little bit.”
Xu reportedly visited urgent care after the incident. While she did not have any visible injuries, Xu said that she could not eat solid food for a day due to the pain in her jaw.
“I’ve spent the past year-and-a-half or so, ever since the Atlanta shooting, just not really feeling safe anywhere,” Xu was quoted as saying, noting that the incident was shocking but not surprising.
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Xu is thankful to the man who helped her, and she is looking forward to meeting him.
The incident, which authorities are not considering a hate crime, is currently being investigated by the D.C. police.
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