Two Asian Americans were targeted in hate crimes in the Big Apple over the weekend – a 15-year-old boy called “Ching Chong” in Queens and then beaten and a 52-year-old woman nearly pushed onto subway tracks. In Brooklyn, police said Sunday.
Both attacks occurred on 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 she was approached by a group of five teenagers around 3pm
“What are Ch-Chong Chong looking for?” One of the men asked, according to police.
Police said the boy got up and asked the teen to leave him alone, but they started punching him in the head with his fist. The victim was taken to Booth Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Three teenagers – 18, 15 and 14 – were arrested and two were being searched, police said. He was charged with misconduct and harassment, police said. Police said charges of hate crimes may be added later.
In the meantime, the female victim was attacked around 3:25 pm at Myrell Avenue and Broadway Metro Station in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police said.
Police said the woman, who is Chinese, said she had been approached by a woman she did not know pushed her to the track twice while making a statement.
A police spokesman said, “A good Samaritan prevented him from falling on the tracks.”
The suspect fled from the station. The victim, who speaks limited English, was not sure what the woman said, police said.
The NYPD has tried to curb the troubled spike in hate crimes by recently adding its prejudicial crime division to the Asian American police.