HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan — The search continued Wednesday for a suspect who severed an Asian man’s finger during what police described as an unprovoked hate crime attack in Hell’s Kitchen.
The assault happened around 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday near West 43rd Street and 11th Avenue, according to the NYPD.
The suspect walked up to the 48-year-old victim, punched him multiple times in the face and told him to “go back to your country,” police said. The suspect then bit the victim’s hand, severing the tip of his middle finger, according to police.
There was no dispute or interaction between the suspect and victim before the assault, authorities said.
The suspect was last seen running north on 11th Avenue.
The victim was taken to a hospital and treated for cuts to his forehead, swelling to his eye and the severed fingertip, police said.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force launched an investigation into the attack.
Police released surveillance video and photos of the suspect on Tuesday.
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