A 52-year-old Filipino man was attacked at an Upper East Side subway station in New York City Tuesday morning.
The man from Queens, who was not identified, was “repeatedly punched” on the face by an unknown assailant after he got off the train at the 103rd Street station at around 7 a.m on Tuesday, the ABC7 News reported.
He said he noticed a man in front of him, possibly Asian, being attacked by another man yelling “go back to where you came from.”
That victim managed to escape, but the person who witnessed the incident says the assailant then turned his sights on him, cornered him on the platform and then repeatedly struck him in the face.
The suspect then yelled again “Go back to where you came from.”
“It seemed so random and so sudden,” the victim told ABC News. “Kinda realized it’s potentially a hate crime because of what the man was shouting and what was said.”
He added the suspect never tried to rob him or demand any money.
The victim suffered a bloody nose and bruises on his face.
Philippine Consul-General Elmer Cato, meanwhile, strongly condemned the attack and demanded authorities to take steps to protect the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders community.
“We strongly condemn this latest anti-Asian hate crime that targeted a member of the Filipino Community in New York City. We again call on authorities to take the necessary steps to protect members of the #AAPI Community,” he said in a Twitter post.
The Filipino victim also said he was speaking out to help raise awareness about Anti-Asian hate.
“Just a little worried that something so random can happen. It could happen to anyone,” he said.