MANHATTAN, N.Y. — A hate crime investigation is underway after a man spit on a woman and yelled anti-Asian racial slurs, police said Wednesday.
The incident took place on West 40th Street around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.
A 34-year-old woman was walking westbound when she was approached by an unidentified man. The man spit at the woman while shouting anti-Asian slurs at her before fleeing on foot in the other direction, according to police.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, according to police. There were no physical injuries reported.
Police described the man as being 30 to 40 years old, with black hair and a black beard. He was carrying a blue book bag, and was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, black and blue pants, multicolor sneakers and a dark hat. The man had a tattoo on his arm, but a description was not provided.
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