NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are investigating a possible anti-Asian hate crime tied to the coronavirus outbreak, sources tell CBS2.
The attack happened shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday in East Harlem.READ MORE: Akayed Ullah Faces Sentencing For 2017 Attempted Suicide Bombing At Times Square Subway Station
Sources said the 59-year-old victim was passing a group of teens on Madison Avenue when one teen kicked him in the back, causing him to fall.New NYPD Unit To Patrol Times Square Will Be First Phase In Plan To Spur City's Economic Recovery
The suspect allegedly told him to go back to his country and mentioned the coronavirus.
Sources told CBS2 the same teen attacked the victim on March 7, spitting in his face and saying Chinese people have the virus.MORE NEWS: Health Experts Worry COVID Vaccine Enthusiasm Is Falling, Many Are Ditching Masks Too Soon
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting 274637.