crime and punishment

Drunk woman hits Asian woman with hammer in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan; Andrew Cuomo condemns attack

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The New York City Police Department is looking for the woman recently caught on camera attacking an Asian woman named Theresa, 31, in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. The suspect was intoxicated.

Theresa has been living in New York City since 2019 and she recently graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. She did not know the female suspect.

At 8:40 p.m. on May 2, 2021, Theresa was carrying a bottle of wine while walking with another Asian woman, 29, on West 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue and Times Square in Hell’s Kitchen when the suspect asked them to take off their masks then hit Theresa in the head with a hammer.

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“A drunken woman hit them with a hammer in the head,” ABC 7 Chicago quoted an eyewitness as saying. “The perp, young fellow and his girlfriend, were walking down the sidewalk and she just came up screaming and hit them in the head.”

While the suspect fled eastbound on 42nd Street, Theresa collapsed, dropped the bottle of wine, had a laceration to the head and was rushed to the hospital. The other Asian woman was not physically harmed.

Hours before the attack, 109th New York mayor Bill de Blasio, 59, attended a rally in Flushing, Queens where protesters denounced the wave of hate crimes against Asian American communities. On May 4, 2021, 56th New York governor Andrew Cuomo, 63, condemned the attack in a statement obtained by NBC News.

“I am disgusted by this violent attack in Midtown Manhattan, the latest seemingly senseless and despicable hate crime against Asian Americans in this state,” Cuomo said. “We will do everything in our power to protect those who are vulnerable to these attacks and to hold cowardly perpetrators accountable to the full extent of the law.”

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