Attackers beat maskless woman, spew anti-Asian remarks on subway

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A group of attackers pummeled a woman and spewed anti-Asian statements because she wasn’t wearing a mask on a Manhattan train last week, cops said Thursday. 

The 32-year-old woman was riding an A train at the West 4th Street station around 1:45 p.m. Dec. 17, when three men and three women started arguing with her because she didn’t have a face covering, according to police. 

Then they started making comments about her race, authorities said. 

“She’s Chinese,” they said, according to cops. “She’s got the coronavirus.”

The confrontation turned violent when the group punched the victim multiple times in the face, before taking off, police said.

The victim suffered bruising and substantial pain, but refused medical attention, authorities said. 

During the confrontation, the attackers also said, “That’s a nice jacket. We should take it,” but nothing was stolen from the victim, according to cops. 

One of the female suspects had dark-colored hair and was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket with a fur hood and a gray faux fur head wrap.

Another wore a black jacket and a blue hat, and the third — with long braided hair — was last seen wearing a black jacket and a turtleneck sweater.

Suspects in the assault and racist attack
Suspects in the assault and racist attack
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One of the men was last seen wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and a red mask.

No description was available of the other two men. 

All of the suspects were still at large Thursday, and the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.



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