Police reports say that one of the assaults was committed by a woman who repeatedly punched another woman in the face. The victim asked, “why did you hit me?” and the suspect replied, “I hate Mexicans,” before leaving.
According to the report, the first victim was a 41-year-old woman who boarded a northbound Q train at the Newkirk Avenue station at approximately 8:45 AM on Monday, August 8. The woman was talking on the phone when another woman sat down next to her and at a random moment, repeatedly punched the victim in the face.
The victim was left with bruising and swelling on her lip.
The second attack happened a day later. The victim was a 44-year-old woman who was riding the number six train at approximately 11:20 AM. A man approached the woman while making anti-semitic remarks, placed his hands around the woman’s throat, and began to choke her. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, Mount Sinai, to tend to her injuries.
Anyone with information in regard to the hate crime is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at: 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Both attacks are still under investigation by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force. It’s beyond sad and angering to know hate crimes continue to happen on a regular basis.
The subway has to be a safer place for all. For many, the subway is their only means of transportation. As per a recent PBS poll, crime has been the number one issue in New York since the pandemic. Gun violence in New York has doubled from 2019 to 2021.
If you’re a current resident, we’d love to hear your view on how the city has changed.