6 make anti-Asian statements, assault maskless woman at Manhattan subway station: police

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MANHATTAN — Six people are sought after allegedly assaulting a maskless woman and making anti-Asian comments while inside a subway station in Manhattan earlier this month, police said Thursday.

It happened on Dec. 17 around 1:45 p.m. inside the subway station at Avenue of the Americas and West Fourth Street.

A 32-year-old woman was riding the southbound A train when she was approached by six people who engaged in a verbal dispute over her not wearing a mask while on public transportation, police said.

The suspects then made anti-Asian statements related to COVID-19, authorities said.

The dispute escalated into a physical encounter, in which the victim was allegedly punched in the face multiple times.

She suffered bruising and pain, but refused medical attention, according to police.



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