A woman wearing a face mask was attacked by a man who called her a ‘diseased bitch’ in what police are treating as a possible coronavirus-related hate crime.

The incident was caught on camera at a Chinatown subway station in New York City on Sunday. The footage was later released by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force in an appeal for the victim to come forward.

Footage shows the woman running to confront her attacker near the exit of the subway station, but the man starts throwing punches and kicks at her before pushing her into a wall.’

The woman filming tried to pull the man away and he is heard screaming ‘Don’t fucking touch me! Don’t fucking tough me,’ before hurling a racial slur at the camerawoman.



According to a witness, the incident began after the man confronted the victim because of her face mask at the Grand Street station.

‘I clearly heard the words “diseased bitch.” I also heard her asking him to go away,’ she said, according to The New York Post.

‘The man suddenly got very close to the woman’s face. I’m not sure why. He then hit her on the head with an audible sound.’

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She said she then got her phone out to start recording in hopes of catching the man’s face.

‘What I didn’t expect was for the victim to chase after him. She was holding a glass bottle, seemingly in an attempt to attack or throw it at him. This is (when) the guy started attacking her.’

The victim reportedly suffered a ‘bloody lip’ and ‘slight abrasion on her forehead.’

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‘It’s incredibly how much hysteria the Coronavirus news has created, please be safe out there y’all. Wearing a mask in NYC right now marks you as a target. please be careful, and stand up for your friends,’ the witness said.

The NYPD Hate Crimes division posted the video to Twitter on Tuesday night, writing: ‘The NYPD and the Hate Crime Task Force encourage the victim to report this incident to the police for a full investigation.’