The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is actively investigating a disturbing hate crime incident that occurred on a train in Greenwich Village. The attack targeted an Asian woman who was subjected to verbal insults and physical assault. The incident drew attention when a fellow passenger recorded the assault on her phone.
Sue Young, who was visiting from Nevada, found herself in a distressing situation when a group of young girls sitting across from her on an F train near West 14th Street began laughing and pointing at her. In an attempt to diffuse the situation, Young shared a laugh with them, hoping they were not mocking her family. However, this only seemed to escalate their offensive behavior.
As the situation intensified, Young’s husband intervened, urging the young girls to choose more respectful words. At this point, Joanna Lin, another passenger who had been recording the incident, became the main target of the girls’ aggression. One of the teenagers ruthlessly attacked Lin, throwing punches and physically assaulting her.
Witnessing the assault on Lin, Young could not bear to stand idly by. She bravely stepped in and pushed one of the girls away, hoping to protect her fellow passenger. In response, the same teen turned her aggression towards Young, causing her glasses to break and leaving her with a tender scalp and aching neck.
Despite their traumatic experience, both Young and Lin expressed a desire for understanding and positive change. Young emphasized the importance of bridging the gap and finding common ground with the girls responsible for the assault. She hopes that her 11-year-old twin daughters can learn from this incident and see the potential for growth and reconciliation.
Bystanders on the train managed to intervene, ensuring the safety of Young, her family, and Lin. Jo-Ann Yoo, president of the Asian American Federation, commended the actions of non-Asian individuals who stood up against hate, highlighting the shared commitment to safety within the community.
The NYPD is treating the incident as a hate crime and is actively seeking information regarding the attacker. Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish speakers, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted through their website or via direct message on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All information will be handled confidentially.
This alarming incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle against hate and intolerance. It is crucial for communities to come together, promoting situational awareness and combating hate in all forms.