Queens, NY – Two of three suspects accused of bashing a 57-year-old woman in the head during what has been described as a racially-motivated assault have been arrested and charged with hate crimes.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed that two juvenile females – ages 15 and 16 – were arrested at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday in connection with the brutal July 9 attack, FOX News reported.
Both girls have been charged with aggravated harassment while carrying out a hate crime and two counts of assault while carrying out a hate crime.
Their identities were not released due to their ages.
Police said they are still searching for a third suspect who was photographed shortly after the attack sporting a bright green bob haircut, FOX News reported.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force said it is handling the ongoing investigation into the “anti-white assault.”
The horrific attack occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. on July 9 on a southbound Q52 MTA bus near Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, WPIX reported.
Investigators said the teens allegedly made hateful racial remarks as they beat a 57-year-old woman over the head with an unidentified object, according to FOX News.
“I hate white people,” one of the suspects yelled, according to police. “I hate the way they talk.”
The victim, Jill LeCroix, later told the New York Post that she was on her way to visit her mother at the time.
“Before they hit me, the girl with the green hair said, ‘You probably like Trump! Don’t you?’” LeCroix recalled. “I said, ‘I love him.’ I didn’t see which one hit me first.”
“The one with the green hair, she was saying she hates white people, the way they talk, hates white skin, the way their skin cracks. Saying she was gangsta,” LeCroix added. “I was the only white person on the bus. By the time we started passing St. John’s Cemetery on Woodhaven, she started in on me, saying, ‘That’s where I’m going to bury you!’”
The teen then grabbed a tangerine-scented bottle of scrub from a Bath and Body Works bag she was holding and “said she was going to beat me with it,” the victim added.
“She said, ‘You’re going to get what you deserve! All white people are going to get what they deserve,’” LeCroix told the New York Post. “It was crazy.”
They ultimately bailed off the bus after the brutal attack and ran off, CBS News reported.
“The one with the green hair was the mouth, but they were looking for trouble,” LeCroix told the New York Post. “When they got on the back door of the bus, they were laughing, and the one with the pink hair said, ‘Yeah, I kicked that baby stroller!’”
The victim said she didn’t initially have any idea how bad her injury was, according to the New York Post.
“[Witnesses] sat me down on the bus, and one of the passengers said, ‘Uh-oh, you’re bleeding pretty bad,’” she recalled.
LeCroix was transported to the hospital with a severe laceration and received three staples to her head to close the wound, according to FOX News.
The NYPD subsequently released photos of the suspects in an attempt to identify them.
According to the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force, it was a tipster who helped police track down the two suspects, FOX News reported.