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NYPD ask for help identifying suspect who attacked 61-year-old Asian man

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Authorities in New York City are asking for help to identify a man who attacked a 61-year-old Asian man last week.

The victim was approached from behind on an East Harlem corner Friday, struck in the back and, after he fell to the ground, kicked in the head multiple times, New York police said. The victim, who was not named by police, was taken to a Harlem hospital where he was in critical but stable condition.

The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime, the NYPD said.

As investigators continue to search for the suspect, they shared photos and a video captured by surveillance cameras. The suspect was wearing a black jacket and a multi-colored cap.

The attack comes amid a surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans that prompted the NYPD to deploy undercover Asian officers on the streets in an attempt to stem the violence.

New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea on Saturday tweeted a video of the assault and photo of the suspect.

The NYPD said it’s investigating more than 60 possible hate crimes against Asian Americans this year, and 42 incidents through the end of March have been classified as hate crimes.

Last week, the Senate voted 92-6 to advance a bill that would assign a Justice Department official to expedite reviews of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes and establish an online database.

The shootings of six Asian women in the Atlanta area last month drew attention to a spike in anti-Asian violence across the United States.

A survey by the Pew Research Group this week found that 32% of Asian adults fear someone might threaten or physically attack them — and 81% said violence against them is rising.

About 20% of the respondents said former President Donald Trump’s “rhetoric about China as the source of the pandemic” as well as his racist labeling of the coronavirus as the “kung flu” or “Chinese flu” has contributed to the mounting violence, according to the survey.

A report by Stop AAPI Hate cited nearly 3,800 “hate incidents” against Asian Americans from March to February, ranging from verbal harassment to assaults to workplace discrimination.

The group, which chronicles hate and harassment incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the pandemic, said it has received 503 reports of anti-Asian hate and bias so far this year.

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