Asian woman struck with hammer at Times SquareWorld | 4 May 2021 10:08 am
An Asian woman was ordered to take off her mask — and then hit in the head with a hammer — by a female stranger in Times Square on Sunday, one of two suspected hate crimes in Manhattan over the weekend, the New York Post reports.
The attack unfolded around 8:40 p.m. when the black suspect snapped at her 31-year-old victim, “Take off your mask!” in front of 411 W. 42nd St., the police said Monday.
The attacker swung a hammer at the victim, hitting her on the left side of the face, according to police.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said.
The injured woman, who has an address listed in California, was treated at NYU Langone Hospital, cops said.
Just hours before the attack, city leaders spoke at a rally in Flushing, Queens, to decry the spate of hate crimes and call for harsher punishments, the Daily News reported.
“To anyone who commits a hate crime, let’s be blunt, let’s be clear: we will find you, we will prosecute you,” said Mayor de Blasio. “You will suffer the consequences.”