Four teen girls charged with hate crime for attacking Asian woman on bus


Four teen girls have been charged with hate crimes after New York police officers alleged they attacked a 51-year-old Asian woman on an MTA bus in the Bronx.

The NYPD alleged the suspects cursed at the woman, accused her of causing the coronavirus and demanded to know why she wasn’t wearing a mask, according to CNN. Police said one of them struck the woman in the head with an umbrella, for which she later received stitches at a nearby hospital.

Police arrested three 15-year-old girls near the scene shortly after, charging them with hate crime assaults, menacing and harassment. The NYPD is still seeking a fourth suspect, who they believe was the one who struck the woman, according to the network.

The department’s Hate Crime Task Force said it has investigated 11 cases wherein suspects allegedly targeted Asians or Asian Americans since the beginning of the outbreak, and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has established a hotline to report any such suspected bias incidents.

Elsewhere, the FBI is reportedly considering charging Jose Gomez of Midland, Texas, with a hate crime after he allegedly stabbed three Asian Americans, all members of the same family, in a Sam’s Club. Gomez told ABC News he attacked the family because he “thought the family was Chinese, and infecting people with the coronavirus.”

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