Two Asian Americans were targeted in hate crimes in the Big Apple over the weekend — a 15-year-old boy who was called “Ching Chong” in Queens and then beaten and a 52-year-old woman who was nearly pushed onto subway tracks in Brooklyn, cops said Sunday.
Both attacks happened Saturday and are being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force, according to a police spokesman.
The 15-year-old victim was sitting at 62-01 99th Street in Flushing when he was approached by a group of five teenagers around 3 p.m.
“What the f–k you looking at, Ching Chong?” one of the teens asked, according to cops.
The boy got up and asked the teens to leave him alone, but they instead began punching him in the head with their fists, police said. The victim was taken to Booth Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Three of the teenagers — ages 18, 15 and 14 — were arrested and two were being sought, cops said. They were charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, cops said. Hate crimes charges could be added later, cops said.
Meanwhile, the female victim was attacked at the Myrtle Avenue and Broadway subway station in Bedford–Stuyvesant around 3:25 p.m., cops said.
The woman, who is Chinese, told police she was approached by a female she didn’t know who pushed her twice toward the track while making statements, cops said.
“A good Samaritan prevented her from falling onto the tracks,” a police spokesman said.
The suspect fled the station. The victim, who speaks limited English, wasn’t sure what the woman said, cops said.
The NYPD has ramped up its bias crimes division recently by adding Asian American cops to try to curb the disturbing spike in hate crimes.
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