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.
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