A 19-year-old Sikh on a New York Metropolis bus was attacked in a suspected hate crime assault by an assailant who tried to take away his turban whereas saying, “We don’t put on that on this nation,” police say.
The New York Metropolis Police Division stated the incident unfolded Sunday morning aboard MTA shuttle bus 8810 within the space of 118 Road and Liberty Avenue within the borough of Queens.
The suspect, sporting a vibrant yellow jacket, approached the teenager passenger and stated, “We don’t put on that on this nation and take that masks off!” earlier than punching him at the back of the top, face and again a number of instances. The assault left the sufferer with “minor laceration and ache,” police stated.
The suspect additionally tried to take away the sufferer’s turban from his head. The sufferer was of the Sikh religion, NBC New York reported.
The suspect fled on foot alongside Liberty Avenue, authorities stated.
No additional accidents had been reported and the sufferer refused additional medical therapy, police stated.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.
Police shared photographs of the suspect, described as a person between 25 to 35 years previous, with a darkish complexion, about 5 ft 9 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair, sporting blue denims and sneakers.
The Sikh Coalition, a nationwide Sikh religion group primarily based in New York, stated it was involved with the sufferer and providing him help.
“We thank allies from throughout all communities who’ve spoken out, and urge vigilance for all given the present local weather—particularly given the heartbreaking latest information out of Illinois,” the group stated in a press release, citing the deadly stabbing of a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy in suburban Chicago, which authorities have described as an anti-Muslim assault.
“As we stand alongside our allies from all communities, we’ll proceed to insist that nobody ought to must worry for his or her private security whereas merely current in public,” The Sikh Coalition stated.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner Mark Stewart has stated that the division has seen some latest hate crimes within the metropolis fueled by the Israel-Hamas battle and tensions within the Center East, NBC New York reported.
“We don’t tolerate it,” Stewart stated. “We don’t condone it.”