The NYPD continues the search for the man suspected of attacking Asian-Americans in East Harlem and parts of the Upper East Side since January 17th.
Authorities say over the past week, the suspect has been assaulting six Asian-American residents by repeatedly by punching them in the face and head and forcefully removing their property in elevators. The latest incident took place on Friday when two Asian-American residents were assaulted.
Community members joined by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito held a press conference Saturday morning in East Harlem to denounce the crimes and saying this kind of violence will not be tolerated. Community members urged residents in the neighborhood to help in identifying the suspect behind these attacks.
Police say the suspect is described as a light skinned male black or male Hispanic, 6’0″- 6’2″, 200 – 230 lbs and wears a black jacket and a black doo-rag or skull cap.
Crime Stoppers is currently offering up to $2,000 in cash for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for these crimes.
Anyone with information can call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).