According to the Post:
Since this morning, Detectives @NYPDHateCrimes have been investigating the following: On March 20, 2021 at 8:55 AM, at 196 Allen St, a 66-year-old Asian male was approached by a male who yelled at him and then struck him in the face. See pics. Call or DM @NYPDTips with any info. pic.twitter.com/3dXYni2BEq— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 21, 2021
The unsuspecting victim parked his car in front of 196 Allen St., near Houston Street, around 9 a.m. and was checking to make sure he was in a legal spot when the attack occurred, an NYPD spokesman said.The police and witnesses described the suspect as homeless. Witness Kat Lam told the paper:
"The homeless man started charging after the elderly gentleman, saying things like, 'If I ever see you around here again, I'm gonna beat your ass.' And, 'I'm just going to beat your ass right now,'" Lam recalled. "He just socked him right in the face, right above the eye. You could tell that this older man was in complete shock. He was just frozen."The Post reports that the NYPD has recorded a 1,300 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.