Police are searching for the person accused of attacking Asian women in four separate incidents. In the most recent assault, the male suspect allegedly "pressed his smartphone against the glass storefront window" of a Chinatown dry cleaner before attacking a worker.
The attacks occurred last week and on Monday: In each instance, the suspect tries to talk to the victim and then hits her with a hard object in a plastic bag.
According to the NY Times, the message was seen by a woman working at the counter and a seamstress at the Paragon II Dry Cleaners: "His phone displayed a Chinese message, 'something vulgar against women,' said a man who worked the counter at Paragon on Tuesday, translating for the seamstress. 'Sexual.'... The woman who worked at the counter on Monday, who the police said was 41, stepped outside to tell the man in English to leave. They spoke briefly, the seamstress recounted. He left."
The suspect came back inside the store 20 minutes later, carrying a bag, and the woman at the counter showed him out. Then, the Times reports, the seamstress heard a scream, "The woman from the counter bled from her mouth. The man had hit her and fled north. She was treated at a hospital and released."
The message on the phone, the seamstress told DNAinfo, was "was written in perfect Chinese." She didn't understand the conversation between her co-worker and the attacker, because they were speaking in English.
Here are the police descriptions of the four attacks, plus videos from the first and fourth incidents:
) On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 1615 hours, the victim, a 35-year-old Asian female, was sitting in the vicinity of 155 Grand Street, within the confines of the 5 Precinct, when the suspect attempted to strike up a conversation with her. The victim ignore him and the suspect left. Moments later, the suspect returned with a white plastic bag, containing a hard object. The suspect then struck the victim in the cheek/chin area and then fled the scene. The victim was removed to NY Downtown Hospital where she was treated and released.
2) On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 2021 hours, the victim, a 29-year-old Asian female, was walking down Park Avenue, in the vicinity of East 30 Street, within the confines of the Midtown South Precinct, when the suspect walked past her and waited at the corner. When the victim reached the corner the suspect struck her in the face with a white plastic bag containing a hard object. The victim was removed to NYU Hospital where she was treated and released.
3) On Friday, June 12, 2015, at 0025 hours, the victim, a 34-year-old Asian female, was walking in the vicinity of 2 Avenue and East 60 Street, within the confines of the 19 Precinct, when the suspect walked up to her and struck her in the forehead with a white plastic bag containing a hard object. The victim was removed to New York Hospital where she was treated and released.
4) On Monday, June 15, 2015, at 1600 hours, the victim, a 41 year-old Asian female, was in the vicinity of 48 Mulberry St, within the confines of the 5th Precinct, when the suspect attempted to strike up a conversation with her. The victim ignored the suspect and he left, but he did return again, approached her and struck her in the face, with a gray bag containing a hard object, then fled the scene on foot. The victim was removed to NY Downtown Hospital, where she was treated and released.
The victim in the third attack told NBC New York, "He said all Asian girls doesn't talk to me. He can never get their phone number. I just ignore him. I didn't say anything. And then just after next second he just hit my face."
Anyone with information in regards to any of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.