An Asian woman was ordered to take off her mask — and then hit in the head with a hammer — by a black female stranger in Times Square on Sunday, one of two suspected hate crimes in Manhattan over the weekend.
Black thugs are turning American cities into war zones
The attack unfolded around 8:40 p.m. when the black suspect snapped at her 31-year-old victim, “Take off your mask!” in front of 411 W. 42nd St., cops said Monday.
The attacker swung a hammer at the victim, hitting her on the left side of the face, according to police.
Cops recovered the hammer, but the attacker is still in the wind. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said. The injured woman, who has an address listed in California, was treated at NYU Langone Hospital, cops said.
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Get out of the cities while you can
A father of a 1-year old child is sharing his story after being brutally attacked by a black criminal outside a grocery store in San Francisco. The incident has community leaders speaking out on the need for safer streets in order for businesses to thrive post-pandemic.
“My sense of security has been shattered,” says the man who wants to be called “Bruce.”
He recalled the terrible moment he was waiting to cross the street in the Mission Bay neighborhood with his child in a stroller, when he was suddenly knocked to the ground and attacked by a random black stranger with a flurry of punches.
“I was right on the ground and in that exact second I was trying to shield my head and prevent any worse injuries,” he said. “I couldn’t protect my child. I was on the floor and he was in a stroller that was slowly rolling away, so it’s definitely very scary as a parent.”
Shocking surveillance video shows a black man repeatedly punching an Asian man pushing a stroller in a random, unprovoked attack in San Francisco. Sidney Hammond was arrested. He was recently released after getting arrested for burglary. #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/2F2qFBLNJX
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 5, 2021
Random violence taking place against innocent victims
When asked if he thought the incident was racially motivated, Bruce said the thought did cross his mind, especially given the random nature of the attack and the number of attacks on Asian Americans committed by black people in the past year.
The incident is shocking to nearby business owners, such as Nani Tsegaye of Tadu Ethiopian restaurant. She says her store location in Mission Bay has actually been broken into and robbed more times than their Tenderloin location, and that dealing with crime is the price of doing business in San Francisco.
“It was a heartbreaking experience,” she said. “We just expect something to happen now more than we expected before.”
Vas Kirinis of NextSF and director of the Fillmore Merchant’s Association, says it has never been easy to do business in the city — Especially during this small business week and month where Mayor London Breed is challenging residents to buy small and local.
“The city needs to demonstrate that we are safe and clean and fun to be in again. Safety is of the utmost importance for us running our businesses so we really need to address this.”
As for Bruce’s suspected perpetrator, Sidney Hammond, he was arrested less than a month earlier after an assault and for stealing at the same location.