Police are investigating a possible coronavirus-related hate crime after a man allegedly tried to drag an Asian nurse off a train while hurling racist slurs.
The suspect reportedly grabbed the nurse, who is of Filipino descent, by his wrist and attempted to physically remove him from a subway car in New York City while spewing hate towards the nurse, police said.
According to the New York Police Department, the man said: ‘Hey Chinaman, you’re infected. You need to move to a different car. I’m going to beat this Chinese n***** up,’
The suspect was reportedly on the northbound 4 train when the incident occurred. He has not yet been apprehended by police and is described as a Hispanic man standing 5′ 8″ tall and weighing 180lbs. He was seen wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers cap and a black jacket in pictures released by authorities.
Reports of racist assaults on Asian-Americans and hate crimes have risen during the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China. Such attacks have been especially prevalent in the world’s coronavirus epicenter, New York City.
On March 24, a person spat on an Asian man and shouted, ‘You fucking Chinese, spreading the coronavirus. You people got the virus,’ according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Four days later, an Asian woman in New York City was reportedly harassed by two people who called her ‘the virus.’ The following day, three teenage girls attacked an Asian woman with an umbrella while saying, ‘You caused coronavirus, bitch.’
In mid-April, a Korean restaurant in New York City was reportedly defaced with graffiti reading, ‘Stop eating dogs.’
‘Since January 2020, there have been a significant number of reports of (Asian American and Pacific Islander) individuals being threatened and harassed,’ the ADL wrote.
‘These incidents include being told to “Go back to China,” being blamed for “bringing the virus” to the United States, being referred to with racial slurs, spat on, or physically assaulted.’