Man accused of anti-Asian remarks, spitting on victim on Upper West Side

ByEyewitness News
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Man accused of making anti-Asian remark, spitting on staffer in NYC
A man is accused of making anti-Asian remarks and spitting on a staffer on the Upper West Side section of Manhattan.

UPPER WEST SIDE, New York -- Police are searching for a man accused of making anti-Asian remarks and spitting at a staff member of the New York City Councilwoman Gale Brewer.

The NYPD released an image of the suspect.

Authorities say the incident took place on March 14 around 1:05 p.m. outside Councilwoman Brewer's office on Columbus Avenue.

They say the individual engaged in a dispute with the 23-year-old female staffer.

The suspect is said to have then made an anti-Asian remark and spat at the victim before fleeing southbound on Columbus Avenue.

The victim did not sustain any injuries.

The suspect was last seen wearing a facemask, dark colored jacket, dark colored pants, and white sneakers. He was also last seen carrying a bright colored book bag and a brown paper bag.

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). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.


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