Another Filipino man violently attacked in NY subway station
NEW YORK CITY – A Filipino man from Queens, New York was punched repeatedly in the face at a subway station in Manhattan in yet another anti-Asian hate attack.
The 52-year-old Filipino man from Queens, who didn’t wish to be identified, told WABC Eyewitness News that he was attacked Tuesday at about 7:20 a.m. when he got off the Number 6 train at the 103rd street station on the Upper East Side.
A man in front of him, possibly Asian, was being attacked by another man who was yelling, “Go back to where you came from.”
The first victim was able to escape, but the attacker next went for the Filipino and struck him in the face several times, again shouting, “Go back to where you came from.”
“It seemed so random and so sudden,” the victim told WABC Eyewitness News. He said the attacker was young and didn’t seem to be homeless. He did not try to rob the victim who said he seemed mentally ill.
The victim says the suspect appeared relatively young, possibly in his 20s or 30s. He said he didn’t appear homeless, but he did seem to be mentally ill. Police are still investigating.
A witness apparently tried to go after the assailant but lost him. He apologized to the Filipino that he couldn’t do anything more.
The victim told WABC he was not angry, “Just a little worried that something so random can happen. It could happen to anyone.”