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Suspect allegedly targeting Asian women attacks fourth victim

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CHINATOWN, Manhattan — Police are looking for a man who allegedly attacked at least four Asian women with a bag in the past week.

The attacker's most recent bias assault occurred 4 p.m. Monday  when the culprit tried to stir up a conversation with a 41-year-old Asian woman in the vicinity of 48 Mulberry St. in Chinatown but she ignored him, police said. He left but returned momentarily, approaching her and striking her in the face with a gray bag containing a hard object inside, according to NYPD. He fled and the victim was taken to a local hospital where she was later released.

This perpetrator's three other attacks on Asian women happened in different parts of Manhattan, according to police. In all of the assaults, the striker hit them with a white bag containing a hard object inside, they said. The victims were taken to a local hospital where they were subsequently released.

  • At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, a 35-year-old Asian woman was sitting in the vicinity of 155 Grand St. when the attacker attempted to strike up a conversation with her but she victim ignored him. The culprit left but returned with a bag, striking the victim in the cheek/chin area and then fled the scene.
  • At 8:21 p.m. Wednesday, a 29-year-old Asian woman was walking down Park Avenue when the assailant walked past her and waited at the corner. When the victim reached the corner the culprit struck her in the face with a white plastic bag, then running away.
  • At 12:25 a.m. Friday, a 34-year-old Asian woman was walking in the vicinity of Second Avenue and East 60th St. when he struck her in the forehead with a bag.

Police are offering $2,500 reward for information regarding the incident that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.