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Anti-Asian assault in Chelsea

Police said that on Sun., Oct. 4, around 1:15 p.m., a 40-year-old man was exiting his parked vehicle at the corner of W. 16th St. and Seventh Ave., when an unidentified male approached him from behind and spewed anti-Asian slurs.

The man then punched the victim multiple times in the face and choked him, bruising and cutting the man’s face. The attacker then fled on foot. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Police want to talk to this man about an assault in Chelsea during which the attacker allegedly made anti-Asian slurs. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

The suspect is described as around age 20 to 30, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with black short hair and last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater over a brown shirt with a red-and-yellow illustration on its front, khaki oversized sweat pants, black sneakers and a light-colored face mask under his chin.

Police said they obtained surveillance-camera images of the man from the scene at the time of the incident.

Police ask that anyone with information call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

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