A STRAPHANGER wearing a face mask was brutally attacked in what police are calling a possible hate crime prompted by coronavirus fears.
The violent confrontation captured on video shows a woman whose face is completely covered by a yellow mask running through a subway station in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood.
Suddenly, a man throws an object at her, then unleashes a flurry of kicks and punches on the victim before he shoves her into a wall.
"Don't f**king touch me! Don't f**king touch me, n***a!" the assailant shouts as the person filming tries to yank him away.
The attacker initially confronted the victim because of her face mask, according to a Twitter post by the woman who says she took the video inside the Grand Street station at 6pm Sunday.
"I clearly heard the words 'diseased bitch,'" user @x_ginko claimed in her post.
"I also heard him asking her to go away."
Instead, the man "suddenly got very close to the woman's face'" and "hit her on the head with an audible sound," which prompted @x_ginko to start recording.
"What I didn't expect was for the victim to chase after him," she wrote, noting that the victim was holding a glass bottle "seemingly in an attempt to attack or throw it at him."
That's when the brazer bully unleashed his savage attack and repeatedly bashed the woman with an umbrella, according to @x_ginko.
"I'm not sure if the woman was Asian or not, she was wearing a face mask and glasses, so I couldn't tell," she said.
In a tweet later that day, @x_ginko claimed the victim had a "bloody lip and [a] slight abrasion on her forehead," but she refused help.
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"It's incredible how much hysteria the Coronavirus news has created," she said.
"Wearing a mask in NYC right now marks you as a target. Please be careful, and stand up for your friends."
The incident has yet to be reported to the cops, but the NYPD's Hate Crimes Unit is pleading with the public to come forward.
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