Hate Crime investigation underway after woman without mask attacked on subway

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police have released surveillance photos of some of the suspects wanted in connection to a bias attack on a subway train in Manhattan.

Six suspects -- three women and three men -- were involved in the Dec. 17 assault of an Asian woman on a southbound A train at the West 4th Street station.

The victim was reportedly confronted over not wearing a mask and the group made anti-Asian statements about coronavirus to her, police say.

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A verbal dispute escalated into an attack in which the 32-year-old victim suffered bruising after she was punched in the face several times.

The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.

Police released photos of four of the six suspects wanted.

Anyone with information is asked 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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Officials say the suspect followed the 51-year-old woman on East 48th Street just after 2 p.m. Thursday as she left the governor's office.



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