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Woman wanted for pepper spray attack, making anti-Asian remarks in Manhattan, police say

Woman wanted for pepper spray attack, making anti-Asian remarks in Manhattan, police say

New York City police are investigating an anti-Asian assault in Manhattan amid a rise in hate crimes across the United States.

New York City police are investigating an anti-Asian assault in Manhattan amid a rise in hate crimes across the United States.

A woman is wanted for allegedly making anti-Asian remarks at four people and attacking them with pepper spray Saturday, the New York City Police Department said. The department's hate crimes task force released a photograph and video of the suspect and is asking for the public's help in identifying the woman.

Police have described the suspect as a woman likely in her 50s and around 5 feet 3 inches tall.NYPDIn the video, which has no audio, the suspect can be seen holding what appears to be a canister of pepper spray before deploying it.

The NYPD said the incident unfolded just after 6 p.m. near Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The victims refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

The alleged attack comes as the U.S. has seen a rise in hate crimes, including those targeting the Asian American community.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/woman-wanted-assault-making-anti-asian-remarks-manhattan-police-say-rcna33640


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