It happened around 8:45 p.m. on West 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue.READ MORE: 3 Teens Charged In Manhattan Subway Attacks, Police Release Video Of New Suspect Believed To Be Group's Lookout
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: Armed Suspects Impersonated Police, Handcuffed Women During Alleged Bronx Home Invasion, NYPD Says
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack as a possible bias crime.MORE NEWS: Thomas Valva Case: Ex-NYPD Officer Michael Valva, Former Fiancée Angela Pollina Appear In Court For Pre-Trial Hearing
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