Surveillance footage captures Anthony Evans openly slicing a lady with a box cutter during an unprovoked attack in New York City. According to the authorities, he has been detained and is being accused of committing a hate crime.
The 59-year-old seamstress was allegedly assaulted on camera by 30-year-old accused career criminal Anthony Evans while she was strolling along Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue near West 42nd Street.
The suspect, a Black male wearing a black jacket and gray sweatpants, approached the victim from behind while she was holding a grocery cart and attacked her with a box cutter. He allegedly fled after that, according to the officials.
After being detained more than 30 times for offenses like robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and turnstile jumping, Anthony Evans is now accused of committing a hate crime and having a weapon.
Police have not yet identified the assault’s cause.
Anthony Evans’ identity was sought for by the police using surveillance footage.
Anthony Evans attacked the Asian woman, 59, and following the assault, she was sent to Bellevue Hospital with a significant laceration on her right hand.
While talking about Anthony Evans’ arrest, the victim’s daughter stated that her mother was relieved that nobody other was hurt.
The New York Police Department released the initial video of the event last week in an effort to find the attacker. On Monday, though, they were still looking for information concerning his whereabouts. Anthony Evans’ picture was also made public by the NYPD. According to WABC, Evans was apprehended after being spotted close to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Authorities had previously stated that they were not looking into the incident as a hate crime as of Monday night. However, it’s unclear what precipitated the related claims on Tuesday.
Concerns are expressed about the safety of Asian Americans.
On Tuesday, advocacy groups for Asian Americans urged tougher action to reduce hate crimes, particularly in light of the recent surge in these crimes.
Jo-Ann Yoo, the executive director of the Asian American Federation, sent a statement to The Post via email.
In Queens last month, a guy headbutted a 27-year-old while shouting anti-Asian epithets at him. An Asian woman was allegedly kicked in Manhattan in a second incident while the suspect said, “Get out of our country.”