They come on the heels of an alleged subway assault on Friday through which an eyewitness mentioned the Asian sufferer was struck merely for who he was.
One of Sunday’s alleged assaults left a 54-year-old Asian girl hospitalized, a police spokesman mentioned. She was approached within the Lower East Side by a person who struck her within the face with a metallic object, police mentioned.
Elias Guerrero, 38, has since been arrested and preliminarily charged with assault as a hate crime, in response to the NYPD spokesperson. Guerrero has not been formally charged by the district lawyer, and it is unclear whether or not prosecutors will pursue a hate crime cost.
In one other incident, a girl allegedly grabbed a 41-year-old Asian girl from behind and threw her to the bottom, yelling at her in Spanish, a police spokesman mentioned.
Police arrested 37-year-old Patricia Melendez, charging her with assault, disorderly conduct and harassment. The incident is being investigated as a potential “bias” crime, an NYPD spokesman mentioned.
It is unclear whether or not Guerrero or Melendez have an lawyer. CNN’s makes an attempt to contact them or their households have been unsuccessful.
The NYPD mentioned it’s wanting into a 3rd incident through which a 37-year-old girl was on her option to an anti-Asian violence protest when a person — who has not but been recognized — allegedly took her protest signal and, after making an attempt to position it in a rubbish bin, threw it on the bottom and stomped on it.
An NYPD launch mentioned that when the lady requested the person why he did so, he allegedly punched her twice within the face and fled.
Subway assault allegedly included hateful phrases
The three incidents got here after an assault on Friday through which a 68-year-old Asian man on a subway was struck in an unprovoked assault, in response to authorities.
According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the attacker sucker punched the person laborious sufficient that the sufferer misplaced consciousness and suffered a head laceration that required medical therapy.
The sufferer stays in vital however steady situation, in response to the NYPD.
Marc Mathieu faces costs of assault within the second diploma and was arraigned on Monday, in response to the district lawyer’s workplace. While Detective Hubert Reyes mentioned that Mathieu was preliminarily charged with “assault as a hate crime,” prosecutors are nonetheless investigating if the case is a hate crime, the district lawyer’s workplace says.
CNN reached out to Mathieu’s lawyer, James McQueeney, for remark.
Witness George Okrepkie informed CNN that he “still can’t get over it.”
“I’m a 9/11 survivor…I’ve lived through some tough times,” he mentioned. “I’ve been working in the city for 30 years. I’ve seen people get mugged, get beaten up but most of those are either crimes of monetary (nature) or passion. This is the first time I saw somebody attack someone for who they were.”
Witness is appalled by attacks
Okrepkie mentioned the sufferer, attacker and he have been the one individuals on the subway automotive. Okrepie was sitting throughout from the sufferer when the assailant got here up with a rolled object, referred to as the sufferer a “m*therf**king Chinese” and repeatedly hit him within the head, the witness mentioned.
“I just attended to the gentleman, who was in a state of shock and as it turned out, was in his late 60s but told me he was 170 years old,” Okrepkie mentioned. “He didn’t know where he was, so I took off my scarf and made a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.”
After tending to the person’s wounds, Okrepkie took photographs of the bloodied man earlier than EMTs got here to look after him.
“I took the two pictures because it’s a topical event right now and people don’t seem to think how real it is,” he mentioned. “These pictures expressed exactly what’s happening.”
Okrepkie mentioned he later discovered the person is Sri Lankan, however whatever the man’s particular ethnicity, he mentioned it was a tragic commentary on a diaspora he mentioned was “part of what (New York City) does.”
“I’m just afraid that, just as an average guy walking down the street, calling things which they aren’t — ‘Kung Flu, Chinese virus’ — people on the margins start to act,” he mentioned. “That’s what you get (as a result).
“I’m afraid,” Okrepkie said. “If I used to be Asian, I’d be afraid.”
Mayor condemns attacks on Asian Americans
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference Monday that there will continue to be an increased NYPD presence in Asian communities across the city.
De Blasio called the incidents “unacceptable” and he encouraged New Yorkers to report them.
“The option to defeat hate is to acknowledge it and report it,” de Blasio said.
Anti-Asian hate crimes have more than doubled during the pandemic, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
The alleged incidents observe final week’s shootings within the Atlanta space at three spas and salons. The shootings left eight folks lifeless, six of whom have been Asian American ladies.
CNN’s Laura Ly and Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.