Police said they have made an arrest of a suspect in connection with an anti-Asian incident on the Lower East Side on April 7.
Cops announced on April 20 that Cheyenne Taylor, 29, of Starrett City in Brooklyn had been arrested and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
In the incident, a 25-year-old woman was sitting at a sidewalk table outside Stax, an ice cream place at 279 Grand St., talking to her friend around 7:40 p.m., when she was approached by a stranger. According to reports, the intruder spewed anti-Asian comments and objected to the woman speaking in a foreign tongue, then slapped her in the face before fleeing.
In another anti-Asian incident, police said that on April 1 around 9:30 a.m. in Tribeca, a stranger passed a 47-year-old woman at Desbrosses and Hudson Sts. and made anti-Asian remarks and raised his fist toward her in a threatening and aggressive manner.
The suspect fled southbound along Hudson St.
The victim told police she feared for her safety. The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force was notified about the incident.
The suspect is described as an adult male with an average build, blue eyes, salt-and-pepper hair and a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black sweatshirt, black jeans, black-and-gray sneakers and a gray knit hat.
Police provided a video, above, of the alleged suspect taken prior to the incident.
Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’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. All tips are strictly confidential.