Man arrested on hate crime charges after Asian woman harassed in midtown: police

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A 48-year-old man was arrested on hate crime charges Saturday, a day after he allegedly harassed an Asian woman in midtown Manhattan, police said.

Bobby Eli, of East Harlem, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and third-degree menacing, both as hate crimes, police said.

Police believe Eli is the man who yelled anti-Asian remarks and menaced a 65-year-old woman on Friday.

The woman was on W. 40th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, at 4 p.m. when the man came up and started shouting anti-Asian statements at her, police said.

The man then waved a stick at the woman, causing her to fear for her safety, according to police. No injuries were reported.

Sources told the New York Post that the man mocked the woman’s blue hair and said, “You stupid Chinese blue hair. You stupid Chinese b****.”

“Why you have blue hair, b****?” the man allegedly said, according to the report.

The woman was able to take a photo of the man, ultimately leading to the arrest.