A 13-year-old in New York was recently arrested for assaulting an Asian man in a possible hate crime related to the coronavirus pandemic.
WABC reported that the incident occurred on Tuesday night in Harlem. Police said the teen kicked the 59-year-old victim in the back, causing him to fall on the ground, and stated, “f**k you, Chinese coronavirus.”
The suspect allegedly also told the victim to go back to his country. The victim claimed the same person spat on his face and said Chinese people have coronavirus days earlier, according to the news station.
The victim reportedly sustained injuries to his knees and hands but refused medical attention.
The suspect is charged with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Authorities have not disclosed his identity due to his age.
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[Featured image: NYPD]