China News Service, March 3. According to a comprehensive report by the Chinese website of the United States, New York police arrested a man on the 2nd. The man was suspected of assaulting seven Asian women within two hours of last weekend (February 27). .

  The man was detained at the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan on the afternoon of the 2nd after a brief confrontation with police, two law enforcement sources familiar with the situation said.

He was taken to the Seventh Precinct of the NYPD, which is the headquarters of the Hate Crimes Task Force.

The man is said to be 29 years old and from Florida, but his name was not immediately released.

  According to reports, the man was seen at the New York Public Library on Wednesday morning and called the police immediately. After the police arrived, the man locked himself in the toilet, but the police finally successfully detained him.

  The suspect assaulted or injured seven Asian-American victims between the ages of 19 and 57 for no apparent reason in a spate of attacks last Sunday (Feb. 27), the NYPD said.

  The first attack occurred at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday (February 27) in midtown Manhattan, police said.

At the time, the suspect approached a 57-year-old woman, punched her in the face, and left on foot.

  "There was no prior interaction and no speaking between the parties," the NYPD said.

  According to reports, the attack left the 57-year-old victim with swelling on the left side of his face and injuries to his lip. The victim has sought medical attention.

  Just 10 minutes later, the suspect attacked a 25-year-old Asian woman near Fifth Avenue and East 30th Street, punching her in the face and back arm, police said.

The woman did not receive any medical attention at the scene.

  The suspect fled on foot, hitting a 21-year-old Asian woman in the face five minutes later at Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street.

  At 6:50 p.m., near Irving Plaza and East 17th Street, the suspect approached a 25-year-old Asian woman and punched her in the face, causing the woman to tear and swell her upper lip. receive treatment on site.

  About 15 minutes later, the suspect committed the crime again, elbowing a 19-year-old Asian girl in the face near East Union Square and East 17th Street.

  The man then elbowed a 25-year-old woman in the mouth at 7.25pm ​​near East Houston and Mott Streets.

NYPD said the woman was treated for swelling and bleeding from her lower lip when emergency medical services arrived at the scene.

  The string of attacks ended at 8:37 p.m. near Broadway and East 8th Street, where the suspect allegedly pushed a 20-year-old Asian woman to the ground.

Police said the woman suffered minor injuries to her hand and did not require any medical attention.

  Police shared video of the suspect, who was last seen wearing a colorful backpack, a light blue T-shirt and dark pants and shoes.

  Hate crimes against Asian Americans have surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NYPD reported in December that hate incidents against Asian Americans increased by 361 percent in 2021 from the previous year.

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