A New York City man accused of slashing an Asian woman with a cleaver has been arrested and charged with a hate crime.
Anthony Evans, 30, was detained Tuesday after security footage captured him allegedly assaulting a 59-year-old seamstress in Manhattan’s Times Square neighborhood on Sunday morning.
The video shows Evans being charged with hate crimes and unlawful possession of a weapon after she allegedly slit the unnamed victim from behind while pulling a shopping cart.
Evans will stand trial in Manhattan court and does not appear to have legal representation yet.
The woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a deep wound on her wrist and hand. tell ABC7 The attack was unprovoked and may have something to do with her race.
“Nothing, no talking, nothing,” she said. “We don’t know each other. No bickering, nothing. Why are you doing this?”
She often rides the nearby subway station and has been afraid to go out since the suspected hate attack.
“My mom is very happy to be arrested, the perpetrators are off the streets,” the victim’s daughter asked to remain anonymous. Tell New York Post.
Evans was reportedly arrested more than 30 times for robbery, possession of a weapon and tripping. postal.
The attack is the latest alleged hate crime against Asian Americans.
Hate crimes in New York City rose more than 13 percent overall, According to NYPD statisticsand has quadrupled compared to Asians.
“The community feels anger and fear every time it leaves the house,” Queens Councilman Ron Kim Tell politics March.
Mayor Eric Adams, a former New York City police officer who campaigned with his public safety good faith, has been blamed for not doing more to stop anti-Asian hatred.
Earlier this year, he replaced the head of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force and urged prosecutors not to offer plea deals to those accused of hate crimes.
Nationally, anti-Asian hate crimes rose nearly 340 percent, According to analysis From the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.