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A 68-year-old Asian man was attacked on a New York City subway train by a man yelling racial slurs on March 19.

The victim, Narayange Bodhi, commuted to work on a subway train in lower Manhattan when the suspect Marc Mathieu, 36, punched him in the face.

Mathieu fled the scene before authorities arrived.

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Mathieu’s photo was recognized by the New York Police Department, and he was arrested and charged with assault on March 21.

Mathieu has nine prior arrests.

According to witness George Okrepkie, Mathieu attacked Bodhi while shouting, “You Asian motherf***er!”. 

Okrepkie was sitting across Bodhi on the train when the attack happened and aided the victim’s wounds until police arrived at the scene.

“I could not believe that somebody would attack a man of that age,” Okrepkie told WNBC-TV. “Before I could even look he was standing on top of him.”

The New York Police Department has yet to release the motive for the attack.

This attack comes amid a national outcry due to Anti-Asian hate crimes.

Thousands of people marched in support in cities across the country on March 21, after the mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, killing six Asian women and two others.

On March 20, a 66-year-old Asian man was punched in the face in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York.

The attacker is believed to be homeless and began yelling at the victim before punching him.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, there were 3,292 anti-Asian incidents reported in 2020 and more than 500 incidents in 2021 so far.

Written ByLauren Akabori

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