New York Police Department (NYPD) is searching for information on a suspect who used a hammer in a vicious attack in Manhattan, all because the victim looked at the him the wrong way.
On Sunday, Aug. 22, police stated that a Manhattan straphanger was savagely struck on the head by an assailant using a hammer, who left the bleeding victim lying on the tracks.
Good Samaritans eventually dragged the injured man to safety. According to authorities, he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital and required seven stitches to repair his head injury, the New York Post reported.
The attacker yelled at the 44-year-old stranger who was standing on the N/R line platform at Union Square Station around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, “Don’t look at me!” authorities said.
“If you come any closer, I’m going to hit you!” growled the suspect.
The guy later proceeded to a nearby seat and retrieved a hammer from a bag as the victim walked away. “The victim tries to get away, and the perp comes back with a hammer and hits him,” stated a police spokesman.
NYPD’s data shows that hate crimes jumped 139% in the Big Apple since 2021.
The New York Post revealed 320 suspected hate attacks as of June 27, up from 134 incidents during the same period in 2020.
Attacks against people of Asian appearance soared 400% to 105 compared to the previous corresponding period’s 21 cases.
NYPD reported nearly twice as many attacks on African Americans (30) compared to 2020. It also confirmed there were 31 hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation, up from nine last year–representing a 244% increase. According to the paper, an additional 13 cases were motivated by gender, six by religion, and four by ethnicity.
Police separately confirmed anti-Semitic attacks increased by 69%, with 113 incidents recorded in 2021, compared to the previous year’s 67. The BL understands that the increase is partly due to the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip.
The worrying trend emerged nearly 13 months after Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to divert $1 billion away from NYPD’s annual budget to fund various social services programs. The announcement came in response to widespread anti-police protests where the iconic Fifth Avenue in Midtown was graffitied, and the Equestrian Statue at Central Park West was vandalized.