It happened on West 40th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues around 4 p.m. Friday.READ MORE: Chinatown Block Watch Looking For New Volunteers Amid Spike In Anti-Asian Crimes
Investigators said the man approached the 65-year-old woman and allegedly shouted racist comments at her.
Police said he also started waving an unknown object at the woman.
She was not hurt, but feared for her safety, according to police.
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Police announced Saturday that 48-year-old Bobby Eli had been arrested. He is now charged with menacing and aggravated harassment.