Man Who Sucker-Punched Asian Woman In Chinatown Charged With Hate Crime


Police have arrested a person accused of punching a lady on a Chinatown sidewalk. The Monday night assault was caught on video and shared by State Senator Yuh-Line Niou, who represents the neighborhood in her district.

In line with the NYPD, officers responded to a 911 name outdoors 65 Bayard Road, between Mott and Elizabeth Streets, the place they discovered a 55-year-old lady who had been punched within the face with out provocation. The suspect was apprehended close to Bayard and Bowery Road; a witness posted on his Instagram that he adopted the suspect and alerted cops to his location.

Alexander Wright, 48, was charged with assault as a hate crime, assault, and legal possession of a managed substance; authorities say they discovered K2 on him once they took him to Bellevue Hospital for an analysis. WABC 7 experiences that Wright has 17 prior arrests, together with current ones for allegedly throwing a brick at a enterprise and scratching a person’s eye, each on the Higher East Aspect, and was needed for throwing scorching espresso on visitors brokers in January.

On Tuesday morning, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned the incident on NY1, saying of Wright, “He’s randomly assaulting individuals. What are we doing in society once we are releasing these individuals proper again onto the road? It’s craziness.”

Mayor Invoice de Blasio was requested concerning the incident throughout his Tuesday press briefing. Whereas he had not seen the video, he stated, “I am definitely deeply involved, we have had a spate of horrible assaults towards Asian Individuals. They’re unacceptable.”

He additionally acknowledged that extra psychological well being assist is required—”The legal justice and psychological well being system, we have to attach these two collectively,” de Blasio stated, whereas saying that is why town is rolling out extra psychological well being providers.

The tweet from Niou attracted consideration from right-wing figures like Mike Cernovich and former NYPD commissioner and one-time felon (earlier than President Trump pardoned him) Bernard Kerik, who claimed the suspect could be instantly launched as a consequence of bail reform. Elected officers responded, explaining how bail reform truly works.

The sufferer was handled at a hospital and is now at residence. Her daughter advised the Submit, “She’s doing OK.”

There have been 86 hate crime incidents towards Asians this yr to this point, in comparison with 19 throughout the identical interval in 2020.