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Police are searching for a panhandler who allegedly threatened to kill an Asian straphanger during a robbery attempt.
The NYPD released photos of the panhandler, who approached the victim, 24, and asked, “You are Chinese, aren’t you?” on a northbound subway as it approached West 34th Street and the Avenue of the Americas stop about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
The angry suspect then allegedly threatened the victim and tried to grab his cellphone and bag, said police, who are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The panhandler stayed on the train while the stunned straphanger stepped off at the 34th Street station. The victim, who didn’t give up his belongings, declined medical attention, police said.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
On May 18, a 40-year-old Asian man was attacked in Hell’s Kitchen — in another possible hate crime targeting Asian Americans in the Big Apple.
In that instance, the victim was pummeled multiple times around 9:50 a.m. at West 43rd Street and 11th Avenue by an unknown assailant, police sources said. “Go back to your country!” the attacker yelled as he punched the Asian man, sources said.
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