A Brooklyn woman accused of harassing and slapping an Asian woman two weeks ago in Manhattan's Lower East Side near Chinatown has been arrested on Tuesday.
The incident: Cheyanne Taylor, 29, approached the 25-year-old victim at around 7:30 p.m. on April 7 as she was sitting outside an ice cream shop with a friend on Grand Street near Forsyth Street, New York Daily News reported.
The woman was speaking to her friend in Mandarin when the suspect approached them and started hurling anti-Asian remarks at her.
“I don’t want you talking! Shut the f**k up! Go back to where you came from! Go back to your country!” the suspect reportedly screamed.
Surveillance footage caught Taylor slapping the victim across the face then fleeing the scene.
Police say the victim refused medical attention.
⚠️Thanks to excellent Investigative work by @NYPDHateCrimes Detective Breton, help from the public, and an assist from Brooklyn North Warrants, this individual has been ARRESTED and charged with Aggravated Harassment as a HATE CRIME. @NYPDShea @NYPDDetectives @NYPDnews https://t.co/ZzwlaTg27d
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) April 21, 2021
The arrest: The woman was arrested on Tuesday and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, according to PIX11.
The news comes after the NYPD announced on Monday that a new civilian panel will be assisting police with possible hate crimes, following the rise of anti-Asian bias and violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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