A 53-year-old South Korean diplomat had his nose broken in random brutal beatings on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue as anti-Asian attacks in New York doubled from last year.
- A South Korean diplomat was beaten and had his nose broken as he walked down the street with a friend on Wednesday evening.
- He was approached by an unidentified man around 8:10 pm at the corner of East 35th Street and Fifth Avenue.
- The man then punched the 53-year-old diplomat, who reportedly showed his South Korean diplomatic ID to the assailant before the suspect fled.
- The diplomat was taken to a local hospital, where he is in stable condition with a broken nose.
- The attack comes amid a rise in anti-Asian crime across the city.
A South Korean diplomat was beaten and his nose broken in an “unprovoked” attack Wednesday night while walking down the street with a friend.
The 53-year-old victim, who has not been named, was reportedly walking with a friend at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday night near the corner of East 35th Street and Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan when an unidentified man approached him.
The assailant reportedly said nothing when he hit the South Korean diplomat, who showed his South Korean diplomatic ID to the assailant before the suspect fled on foot towards Sixth Avenue, NBC News reported.
According to The Hill, by the time the police arrived, the officers who arrived at the scene found the victim “in pain and swelling on his face.” An ambulance then took the diplomat to a local hospital, where he is reported to be in stable condition with a broken nose.
As of Thursday evening, no arrests had been made in the random violent act, and the motive remains unclear as police continue to investigate the incident, which took place on the outskirts of Manhattan’s Koreatown and about a mile southwest of UN headquarters.
In a statement provided to The Hill, Hyun-Seung Choi, Consul and Press Officer at the South Korean Consulate General in New York, said: “We are outraged by this senseless and deplorable violence and look forward to a speedy resolution to this unfortunate incident. .
“To this end, the Consulate General is working closely with the New York City Police Department. The department assured that the incident was being investigated promptly and thoroughly.”
Wednesday’s attack comes amid a surge in hate crimes against Asians.
According to the New York City Police Department, the number of hate crimes against Asians committed in 2021 more than tripled compared to last year.
Overall, the number of hate crime complaints almost doubled last year, from 275 complaints in 2020 to 538 last year.
The largest proportion of complaints last year related to crimes against Jews, which accounted for 38 percent of all hate crime complaints.
But anti-Asian crimes have seen the largest increase in incidents, from 27 to 133. They accounted for a quarter of all hate crimes last year.
A South Korean diplomat was attacked near the intersection of East 35th Street and Fifth Avenue (pictured) on Wednesday evening at 8:10 pm.
On Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced that he is expanding the office’s hate crimes unit amid reports of bias spikes, the New York Post reported, calling the recent surge in anti-Asian hate “unbearable.”
“We will not tolerate this,” he said. “Our brothers and sisters were spat on, coughed on, told to return home.
“In my office, we are deepening our ability” to fight hate, he said.
And after Wednesday’s attack on the diplomat, City Councilman Keith Powers, who represents the area of Manhattan where the attack took place, said: “This unprovoked attack on a South Korean diplomat is horrendous and completely unacceptable.”
“Over the past year, we have seen an increase in hate crimes against the AAPI community that are abhorrent and cannot continue.
“Our duty is to condemn these horrific incidents and take action against the ongoing harassment, violence and discrimination.”