The New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who violently attacked a man who appears to be Asian American on the subway.
A video of the subway attack, posted on TikTok, shows a man dressed in all black repeatedly punching a man who appears to be Asian American wearing a white shirt. The victim tries to fight back, but is then cornered onto a subway seat as the attacker continues to strike him. Toward the end of the video, the suspect chokes the victim until he passes out, at which point the suspect tosses him to the floor.
There were multiple people on the train at the time watching the fight, and at one point a woman repeatedly yells for the attacker to “stop.” At the end of the video, someone can be heard saying, “He called him a [N-word].” The video begins only after the attack started, so it’s unclear what, if anything, transpired before the person started filming.
Newsweek reached out to the NYPD for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
The NYPD reposted the video on Twitter and wrote that they “need the public’s help.” Authorities are investigating the video and ask that anyone who has information about the incident either call the tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS, or direct message the tip line on Twitter at NYPD Tips, to provide additional details about the attack, including when it occurred.
With anti-Asian crimes rising, much of what the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force posts has to deal with crimes against Asian Americans. In a separate incident, a man kicked a 65-year-old Asian woman in the stomach as she was walking down the sidewalk, causing her to fall. While on the ground, the man kicked her at least three more times.
A man inside the building lobby appeared to be watching the assault and, later in the video, two more men appear and one closes the door as the woman is still on the ground.
The Brodsky Organization, which owns the building, posted on Instagram that they were aware of the assault and that the staff have been suspended pending an investigation with their union. The organization is also attempting to identify a third-party delivery vendor who was present during the attack so the “appropriate action can be taken.”
“The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community,” the Instagram post said.
As was the case with the man who was attacked on the subway, the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is asking the public to help identify the suspect. They posted a photo of the alleged perpetrator, who reportedly made an anti-Asian statement, and encouraged anyone with information to contact the tip line.