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: Sharee Jones Charged With Arson, Hate Crime After Fire At Brooklyn Yeshiva
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.NYPD: Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death, E-Bike Stolen Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park
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: Suffolk Police: Man Killed In Hit-And-Run On Long Island Expressway In Brentwood
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.