LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Cops have asked the public for assistance in identifying a woman who harassed and slapped an Asian woman in Manhattan Wednesday night.
It happened just after 7:30 p.m. on Grand Street near Forsyth Street in Lower Manhattan, police said.
The 25-year-old victim was sitting in an outdoor seating area talking to her friend when a woman approached her and made anti-Asian statements, authorities said.
The suspect then slapped the victim in the face and fled the scene, cops said. The victim refused medical attention.
Police obtained surveillance footage of the incident and the suspect.
The incident comes amid a rise in crime against the Asian American community in New York City.
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