Rallies planned after recent uptick in crimes against Asian Americans

The latest incident makes it the 14th unprovoked attack impacting the Asian community in New York City.

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MIKE MARZA: Happening today, another round of rallies across New York City. People taking to the streets calling for change amid a rise in anti-Asian-American crimes. The rally initially sparked by that rampage down in Georgia.

But we've experienced our own wave of crimes right here. Eyewitness News reporter Diana Rocco live in Chinatown this morning with the latest. Diana.

DIANA ROCCO: Mike, good morning. We saw rallies yesterday. We will see more rallies later today after that uptick in crime against the Asian-American community here in New York. The latest incident coming just yesterday morning here in Chinatown.

Many rallied in Foley Square yesterday to support the victims, hear their stories and demand change that these attacks be addressed as hate crimes. There was a 14th unprovoked attack early yesterday morning in Chinatown. This is the 14th attack just in 2021.

A 66-year-old man was punched in the face on Allen Street just before 9:00 AM. Police are now on the lookout for a single suspect. They are looking for a man who's about 5' 7", 30 to 40 years old wearing a brown jacket, gray hoodie, and black pants. He is believed to be homeless and last seen carrying a white blanket.

YUH-LINE NIOU: (TEARFUL) Here in my district, just today, a 65-year-old man was attacked again, also a hate crime, another Asian-American elderly gentleman. Somebody here was stabbed right here, actually.

- Enough is enough--

- Yes!

-- --with being a soft target. We must keep speaking up and speaking loudly.

DIANA ROCCO: And this has generated a lot of outrage amongst new Yorkers, rightly so. There will be another rally at 1:00 o'clock this afternoon in Columbus Park here in Chinatown.