An Asian man received nine stitches after he was allegedly slugged in the face by a panhandler who called him a “stupid chino,” The Post has learned.
The latest anti-Asian attack unfolded just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday while the 57-year-old victim was waiting for a bus on Fourth Avenue near Union Square, cops said.
The alleged attacker, identified as Saul Babilonia, 58, walked up to the Asian man and asked him for money, cops said.
When the Asian man tried to walk away, Babilonia allegedly called him a “stupid chino” and punched him in the face, according to police.
The victim was treated at Bellevue Hospital and received nine stitches on his forehead, police sources said.
Babilonia was arrested moments after the attack and charged with felony assault and aggravated harassment as a hate crime, court records show. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.
The attack is the latest in a surge anti-Asian incidents across New York.
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