A woman wearing a face mask in a Lower East Side subway station was beaten by a stranger over coronavirus fears, shocking video shows.
The demented attacker called the victim a “diseased b—h” inside the Grand St. station Sunday, according to a witness.
Shocking cellphone video shows the victim confronting her assailant after the insult.
“Don’t f—ing touch me!” the man yells as he beats the woman with his umbrella and kicks her multiple times.
“He tries to go away but he hits her head extremely hard before leaving the station,” said the witness who recorded the attack, who goes by the Facebook handle Jay Jay Eternity. “No one stepped in as she was getting beaten with an umbrella until I pulled him off.”
The NYPD and the Hate Crime Task Force encourage the victim to report this incident to the police for a full investigation. https://t.co/4Qb4XHVj3Z
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Before the recording began, the attacker insulted the woman as she sat on a stairwell, calling her a “diseased b—h,” according to the witness and cops.
The NYPD’s hate crime unit is investigating and asking the victim to come forward.
“My fellow Asian Americans and people who wear masks, please take care,” the witness wrote on Facebook. “Don’t travel alone if it’s possible. Be aware of your surroundings.”
More and more New Yorkers are wearing face masks as fears of the coronavirus spreads. In the last week, the city has investigated three suspected cases of the potentially fatal flu-like disease, which has its origins in China.
As of Wednesday, tests proved that one of the three potential victims in the city did not have the coronavirus. Tests on the other two patients are still being conducted.
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