NYC jogger on racist tirade by bottle-wielding woman: ‘It was a hate crime’

The Queens jogger who was attacked by a bottle-wielding woman who hurled a hateful racist epitaph at her said Wednesday she wants her assailant brought to justice.

Tiffany Johnson was jogging at 53rd Place and Broadway in Woodside around noon on Aug. 17 when a stranger hurled a bottle at her and yelled: “Get out of here, n—-r, go back to Africa!,” video released by police on Wednesday shows.

“It’s a hate crime,” Johnson told The Post in a phone interview. “It’s not acceptable. She has to be [held] responsible for her behavior.”

At first, Johnson said she thought the hateful woman had mistaken her for someone else, before realizing “she could see the color of my skin and she reacted to that.”

Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany Johnson

“I was definitely shocked. I was surprised but, more importantly, I wanted to get away from her.”

Johnson said she should be able to go out running without fear of being accosted with racial slurs.

“I’m entitled to go for a jog, live my life, enjoy my life and enjoy the things that makes me happy,” she said.

But, Johnson said, she wasn’t going to let the bigot drag her down to her level.

“That’s not on me. That’s a reflection on her,” Johnson said. “She needs to look at herself and figure out why she looks down on somebody.”

She added: “We are always trying to give reasons for what people do but I can’t get into her head. I only know what she did, what she said and her actions.”

Johnson said she’s glad cops released footage of the incident and hopes it will help in identifying her attacker, who is described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing around 160 pounds with blue eyes and long blond hair.

“I’m glad the video surfaced so, hopefully, she won’t do this to someone else,” Johnson said. “People shouldn’t have to deal with that type of behavior.”

“I refused to and that’s why I walked away — nope, nope!”

Additional reporting by Tamar Lapin

New York Post

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