By Amanda Woods. April 13, am Updated April 13, pm. An unhinged assailant attacked an Asian man in broad daylight as he ranted at strangers on a Manhattan street, cops said. The year-old victim was walking at Lexington Avenue and East 72nd Street around p.
A surveillance video obtained by ABC 7 also shows the suspect following his victim — refusing to relent when the man walked into the street to avoid him — and slamming him into a storefront, authorities said. Another clip obtained by the outlet shows the suspect standing at the corner yelling at a group of people.
Though the incident comes amid a recent surge in crimes against Asian victims across the city, the suspect did not use any slurs or make anti-Asian comments, the NYPD said. The incident is not being treated as a hate crime at this time. Another woman told ABC that the suspect went after her as well, yelling about Chinese, Spanish and white people — and asking if she wanted him to kill her.
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