SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, Queens (PIX11) — A mom of three cried Tuesday as she described being attacked when she left her temple in Queens.
A group of three stole her jewelry and threatened her with a gun. She didn’t want her face shown because she’s scared for her life. The attack is the fifth one against Sikh individuals that PIX11 has reported on since April.
The attack comes as the Asian American Bar Association released a report revealing overall hate crimes in New York City have spiked. Activists say they want more done to protect Asian American New Yorkers.
The mom who was attacked agreed. For right now, she’s hoping the people who robbed her are caught and see justice.
NYPD investigators said the robbery doesn’t appear to be a hate crime, but that could change as the investigation continues. They’re still looking for surveillance video and witnesses.
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