Man spits, hurls anti-Asian slurs at woman in midtown Manhattan: police

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A man spat and hurled anti-Asian slurs at a woman as she was walking in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning, police said.

The NYPD released surveillance images of a suspect Wednesday as they searched for him.

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The 34-year-old woman was walking down W. 40th Street just after 11:30 a.m. when she encountered the man, police said.

The man spit at her and yelled anti-Asian slurs before fleeing eastbound down W. 40th Street, according to police.

The woman was not physically injured, police said.

Anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked 375% in the city so far in 2021, according to NYPD statistics released earlier this month.

There were 114 anti-Asian hate crimes reported through Aug. 29 of this year, compared to 24 reported over the same period last year, NYPD data shows.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.