Asian woman hit with a hammer in Hell’s Kitchen after mask confrontation

NYPD hammer attack suspect

The NYPD asked for the public’s assistance Monday identifying the individual depicted regarding an assault that occurred in Manhattan (NYPD handout).

HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan — A hammer-wielding attacker told an Asian woman to remove her mask and then bashed the victim in the head in Manhattan on Sunday night, police said.

The 31-year-old victim was on 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue when an unknown woman approached around 8:45 p.m.

“Take off your mask,” the unknown woman told the victim, according to police.

She then hit the victim with a hammer, causing lacerations to the head.

The victim, who was hospitalized, is not likely to die, officials said.

NYPD investigators said they were looking into the incident as a bias crime.

The attack came on the same day as a rally in Queens to end hate against Asians.

Police said the attacker was last seen wearing black jeans and a black shirt. She fled eastbound on 42nd Street.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

If you or someone you know are experiencing anti-Asian hate, click here for resources.

Anyone who witnesses an incident can also find out more information on bystander intervention by clicking here.

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