Asian woman assaulted in Midtown in possible hate crime

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An Asian woman was randomly assaulted in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon in a possible hate crime attack, police and sources said.

The 41-year-old victim was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground as she walked along West 31st Street near Sixth Avenue at about 1 p.m., police said.

The suspect, a 37-year-old woman, yelled something in Spanish at the victim during the attack, according to police sources.

The victim flagged down police and later helped them locate her assailant near the intersection of the crime, the sources said.

Police said they took the suspect into custody and are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime. As of late Sunday, no charges were filed.

The Big Apple is experiencing a surge in attacks against people of Asian descent. Last year, there were 28 such racially motivated attacks compared to just two in 2019.

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