Man arrested, charged after 7 Asian women attacked in Manhattan in 1 day

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A man has been arrested and charged after seven Asian women were attacked across Manhattan earlier this week.

Police arrested 28-year-old Steven Zajonic who is charged with seven counts of assault and attempted assault as a hate crime, as well as seven counts of aggravated harassment and harassment.

The suspect from Florida was spotted at the New York Public Library on Wednesday morning by a librarygoer and police were called.

There was a bit of a standoff when he barricaded himself in a bathroom but was eventually taken into custody.

All the incidents happened between 6:30 p.m. and 7:40 pm. on February 27, according to police.

The first victim, a 57-year-old woman, was outside of 110 Madison Avenue when a man approached her and struck her in the face with a closed fist, according to the police report. That woman suffered swelling to her cheek and a cut on her lip.

About 10 minutes later, the suspect is then thought to have punched a 25-year-old woman near Irving Place and East 17 Street. She also suffered swelling and a cut to the lip, according to the police report.

Around the same time, he struck another 25-year-old woman standing near 308 5th Avenue in the face and back of the arm before fleeing eastbound on Madison Avenue.

Just five minutes later the suspect punches a 21-year-old woman near 304 Park Avenue. She suffered pain in her mouth and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation, according to the police report.

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Then around 7:00 p.m., he elbowed a 19-year-old woman in the face near 32 Union Square East, according to the police report. She also suffered a laceration to the lip.

The suspect continued his attacks further south where he elbowed a 25-year-old woman in the mouth near the intersection of Houston Street and Mott Street. She suffered swelling to the face and a cut on the lip.

The final attack happened near Broadway and East 8th Street where he shoved a 20-year-old woman to the ground, according to police. He then fled west on East 8th Street.

The Hate Crime Task Force is investigating all seven incidents.

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