A 23-year-old nurse was hit the head with a cane and a 21-year-old was slugged in the face in two more unprovoked subway attacks on Asian Americans in the Big Apple, cops said Thursday.
Both incidents are being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force, cops said.
The nurse was on her way to work at St. Luke’s Hospital around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday when she got off the train at 116th Street and Broadway in Morningside Heights and was hit on the head and hip with a cane by a mask-less stranger on the platform, cops said.
The woman told cops she was standing near a pillar in the station when her attacker, a “dark man about 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds,” struck her with the cane, according to police.
No words were exchanged, police said.
Then, around 8:30 a.m., the 21-year-old was aboard an F train at Queens Boulevard and 75th Avenue when a 29-year-old man she didn’t know walloped her in the face, cops said.
“He was acting erratic and then he just walked up to her and punched her in the face,” a police source said.
Good Samaritans who witnessed the attack held the man until police officers arrived, cops said.
Andres Gonzalez, 29, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime, cops said. He has five prior arrests — the most recently on June 25, 2019 for petit larceny, a police source said.
Before that, he was arrested for possessing a forged instrument for allegedly selling swipes from an altered Metro card, a police source said. He also had drug paraphernalia on him, the sources said.
Anti-Asian attacks have been on the rise in the city for the past year, according to cops.