July 19, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
A woman was racially abused and sprayed with water in an anti-Asian bias attack on a Long Island City street in May, police said.
The victim, a 55-year-old Asian American woman, was walking her dog in front of Chase Bank, located at 24-16 Queens Plaza South, at around noon on May 22 when she was approached by the suspect who splashed her with water from a bottle and made a racial slur, according to police.
The suspect, a female, then fled the location. The victim was not injured.
Police said the incident was unprovoked and did not reveal what the suspect said to the victim. They released video footage of the suspect taken from the location of the incident Sunday.
The perpetrator is described as being in her early 20s, with an average build and a medium complexion. She had short black hair at the time of the incident and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, a blue shirt, gray pants, and gray sneakers.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident as an aggravated harassment hate crime.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.