Man lobs anti-Asian epithets at NYC Council Member Gale Brewer aide in Upper West Side office, say police
An unidentified man lobbed anti-Asian profanities and spit at an aide at City Council Member Gale Brewer’s Upper West Side office, police said Saturday.
The man entered the office on Columbus Ave. near W. 87th St. just after 1 p.m. on March 14, cops said.
He approached the 23-year-old aide and asked her a question, said cops.
Unsatisfied with the aide’s answer, the man hurled an anti-Chinese epithet at her and spat at her before leaving.
The aide immediately called police, cops said. No injuries were reported.
Police have been looking for the man in the area for the past several weeks.
In light of what happened, the City Council authorized that a lock and buzzer be installed at the district office.
Hate crimes against Asians jumped dramatically in the city during the pandemic and were attributed to COVID-19′s origins in Wuhan, China, and former President Donald Trump’s description of the health scare as the “Chinese virus.”
But these bias-fueled attacks have lessened in recent months, police said.
As of April 23, 11 hate crimes against Asians have been investigated by the NYPD, a 69% drop from the 36 reported this time last year, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
Cops released surveillance images Saturday of the suspect in the hopes that someone recognizes him.
The suspect is described as Black, about 5-feet-10 and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket, dark pants and white sneakers. He was also carrying a bright-colored book bag and a brown paper bag.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.