Ebony Jackson, 37, has been arrested by the New York Police Department. She was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
Jackson is a homeless woman. Wearing all black, she allegedly asked two Asian women to take off their masks at around 8:40 p.m. on May 2, 2021.
That evening, the two Asian women were walking on West 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue and Times Square in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. Surveillance camera caught Jackson swinging a hammer at the two Asian women, which hit one of them in the head.
The victim, 31, is only identified as Theresa. Originally from Taiwan, she moved to New York City in 2019 and she recently graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Theresa went back to Taiwan in 2020 to stay with her parents. In April 2021, she went back to New York to start looking for a job.
During the recent attack in Hell’s Kitchen, Theresa was holding a bottle of wine and the other Asian woman, 29, was not physically harmed. They did not know Jackson, who fled eastbound on 42nd Street.
Theresa collapsed, dropped the bottle of wine and had a laceration to her head. She was rushed to New York University (NYU) Langone Hospital where she was treated.
“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.”
The NYPD has yet to release Jackson’s mugshots. No other details about her arrest are available.