Monday evening, police said they had made an arrest of a suspect in an attack on an Asian woman on Astor Place on Sunday.
Erick Deoliveira, 27, whom police described as homeless, was charged with assault as a hate crime and criminal mischief as a hate crime.
In the incident, a 37-year old woman was walking at Astor Place and Fourth Ave. on her way to an anti-Asian violence rally, when the suspect reportedly took her sign, tried to jam it into a trash can and then stomped on it.
When the woman asked him why he did that, the man reportedly punched her twice in the face. The victim suffered a small cut and bruising to her lip and sprained her ankle as she ran after the man, videoing him after the incident. She was treated at Lenox Health Greenwich Village.