Queens, NY – A 57-year-old woman was bashed in the head and left bleeding from a severe laceration after a group of three women attacked her in what has been described as a racially-motivated assault.
“I hate white people,” one of the suspects yelled, according to police. “I hate the way they talk.”
The incident occurred on July 9 on a southbound Q52 MTA bus near Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, WPIX reported.
Investigators said three women allegedly made the hateful racial remarks as they beat the woman over the head with an unidentified object, according to FOX News.
They ultimately bailed off the bus after the brutal attack and ran off, CBS News reported.
The injured woman was transported to the hospital with a severe laceration and received three staples to her head to close the wound, according to FOX News.
No arrests were immediately made.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) released photos of the suspects in an attempt to identify them.
“The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts and identity of three individuals depicted in the attached photo and video in connection to an assault that occurred within the confines of the 102nd Precinct,” the department said in a press release, according to FOX News.
“The individuals fled on foot and the victim was removed to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition where she received 3 staples on her head as a result of her injuries,” police added. “NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating this incident.”
The suspects are described as black women in their teens or early 20s, QNS reported.
They all have dyed hair.
New York State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Queens) issued a statement denouncing the racially-motivated attack, QNS reported.
“We stand together to condemn hate crimes of any form,” Rajkumar said. “Hate based on someone’s race, religion or ethnic background is un-American…No matter your background, you should be safe on the streets and in public transportation.”
Rajkumar said public safety is her “top priority.”
“I am working with Mayor Eric Adams, our police, and community partners to bring an end to rising crime, including the 100% increase in hate crimes,” she added.