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A 52-year-old Asian American woman received ten stitches in her head after being attacked outside of a bakery in New York City Feb. 16.

This attack is one of the many against Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic.

New York Police Department reported that the victim was waiting outside of the bakery in Queens, New York when a man came up and pushed her to the ground and hit her head.

Security video footage shows a man throwing a box at the victim and then shoves her into a row of newspaper boxes.

The victim’s daughter, Maggie Kehla Cheng, posted on Facebook that the suspect “was yelling out racial slurs,” and shoved her mom “with such force that she hit her head on the concrete and passed out on the floor.”

“She received 5-10 stitches on her forehead, spending 4-5 hours in the hospital,” Cheng said. “Hate crime has no place in our community.”

Actress Olivia Munn, a friend of the victim’s daughter, tweeted:

“My friend’s mom is a 5’3” 50+ Chinese woman and she was attacked by this guy in Flushing, NY yesterday on Main St and Roosevelt between 2–4 pm,” Munn said. “She left the hospital with 10 stitches in her head.”

The New York Police Department was able to identify the suspect as Patrick Mateo and arrested him Feb. 18.

He is being charged with assault and harassment.

Two other separate attacks on Asian Americans occurred on Feb. 16 in New York, New York.

Around 6:50 a.m., a 58-year-old woman was punched in the back of the head in Harlem, causing her to fall on the subway train platform. 

Later, around 12:00 p.m., a 71-year-old woman was hit in the face and body on a moving subway train in Times Square. 

The suspect fled the train. 

Written ByLauren Akabori

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