It happened around 8:45 p.m. on West 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue.READ MORE: NYPD: 4 Suspects In Custody After 3 Subway Riders Slashed Within Minutes In Lower Manhattan
Police said two women were walking when they were approached by the suspect, who told them to take off their masks and then struck one of the women with a hammer.
The 31-year-old victim was hospitalized with a cut to her head, but is expected to be OK.READ MORE: Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Organizes Free Prom Dress Boutique For Freeport High School Students
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack as a possible bias crime.MORE NEWS: Crucifix Toppled, American Flag Destroyed At Brooklyn Church
Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.