Police in New York City have released disturbing video showing the moment an Asian woman walking with a friend in Midtown Manhattan was struck in the head by a female attacker for wearing a face mask.
The violent incident took place in Hell’s Kitchen at around 8.45pm on Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, the assailant has not been arrested.
Video taken from a surveillance camera in the area at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue shows the victim and her companion being accosted by a woman dressed in all black.
NYPD has released surveillance video showing this woman dressed in black attacking an Asian woman in Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday
A 31-year-old woman named Theresa, pictured in a light-colored hoodie, was walking to the subway with a friend along West 42nd Street when she was accosted by the hammer-wielding stranger who told her to remove her mask
The attacker struck Theresa in the head with the hammer, leaving a gash on her forehead
Despite her injury, Theresa put up a fight. During the scuffle that ensued, the attacker grabbed the woman’s friend
Theresa was able to disarm the assailant and put some distance between herself and the woman
The suspect in the attack, seen above yelling at the victim, has not been arrested as of Tuesday morning
‘Take off your mask,’ the attacker was said to have demanded.
When the victim refused to remove her mask, the assailant whacked her with a hammer on the left side of her forehead, inflicting a deep bloody gash.
In the video, the victim’s friend tries to put up a fight by swinging a bottle of wine she was carrying at the attacker, but the woman in black grabs her and tries to hit her with the hammer.
During the scuffle, the victim manages to wrest the hammer out of the hands of the perpetrator, who proceeds to angrily yell at her before walking away.
Theresa, a recent graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, suffered a massive gash on her head that required seven stitches
Theresa said she had just returned to New York City last month after spending the pandemic with her parents in Taiwan, and now she is planning to head back
Speaking to ABC 7, the victim, who identified herself only as Theresa, said she is shaken and traumatized by the unprovoked assault.
The woman said she was walking to the subway with a friend, for safety, when a stranger who was muttering to herself confronted them.
Theresa said she initially tried to defend herself, but then touched her head and saw blood. She then collapsed to the ground, and several patrons from a nearby cafe rushed to her aid, picked her up and washed her wound with bottled water before paramedics arrived on the scene.
Theresa was rushed to NYU Langone Health to be treated for her head injury, which required seven stitches.
The woman told ABC7 that she first came to New York City in 2019 to get a Master’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Theresa went to Taiwan to stay with her parents, and she had just returned to New York last month to start looking for work. She said her parents were concerned about the dramatic rise in anti-Asian crime in the US.
‘My mom actually told me please be careful, there’s a lot of Asian crime happening in America,’ Theresa said.
The woman now plans to return to Taiwan. She said she would come back to New York when it’s safer.
This is the moment Theresa was loaded into the back of an ambulance in Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday after she was attacked with a hammer for wearing a face mask, according to police
The attack took place outside the Manhattan Plaza complex in Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday evening, pictured, along the bustling Ninth Avenue
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last week announced that the state will adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance on mask use, which states that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks outdoors, except in crowded settings.
The suspect was described as a woman in her 50s, about 5 foot 9 inches tall, wearing black jeans, a black tank top and matching shoes.
The NYPD said in an email to the DailyMail.com on Monday that the attack ‘has been deemed possible bias’ and the agency’s Hate Crimes Task Force was looking into it.
Police say a tall woman in her 50s, who was possibly drunk, accosted the victim, who is pictured being taken to NYU Langone Health with non-life-threatening injuries
New York City has seen a wave of anti-Asian assaults since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, a 61-year-old Chinese immigrant had his head stomped on at least a half-dozen times while he was collecting cans in East Harlem.
Jarrod Powell, a 49-year-old homeless man with a lengthy criminal record, was later arrested and charged with attempted murder in that case.
In March, a Filipina-American woman was knocked to the ground and stomped on by a parolee who was previously convicted of killing his mother.
Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but no arrests have been made as of Monday afternoon
A report from the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that anti‐Asian hate crimes surged 149 per cent while overall hate crime dropped 7 per cent in 2020.
The report indicated that the rise in anti-Asian crimes was attributed to ‘a rise in COVID cases and negative stereotyping of Asians relating to the pandemic.’
Former President Donald Trump repeatedly called COVID-19 the ‘Chinese virus,’ and was accused of stoking hatred towards Asian-American people.