Update on Aug. 9, 2023: A 16-year-old girl was charged with two counts of assault, police said. Authorities previously said the incident was being investigated as a possible hate crime, but the teen has not been charged with a hate crime.
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MANHATTAN, N.Y. (PIX11) — An Asian woman was beaten in an alleged hate crime attack aboard a Manhattan subway train last week, according to police and a viral social media video.
The 51-year-old victim got into a fight with three females on a southbound F train near the West 4th Street subway station at around 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the NYPD. One of the suspects allegedly made anti-Asian remarks, pulled the woman by the hair to the floor, and repeatedly punched her in the head, police said.
The woman’s head was bruised and swollen after the attack, police said.
In the video, one of the suspects was seen yelling profanities in the victim’s face on the subway train.
“You lucky your two kids is here because I would have smashed you,” the suspect yelled at the victim in the video.
Later in the video, straphangers were seen confronting the suspects after the alleged attack.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident. There have been no arrests.
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Mira Wassef is a digital reporter who has covered news and sports in the New York City area for more than a decade. She joined PIX11 News in 2022. See more of her work here.