Manhattan, NY – A 55-year-old Asian woman was knocked unconscious by a stranger as she was walking in Chinatown on Monday (video below).
The unprovoked attack occurred on Bayard Street shortly after 6 p.m. on May 31, NBC News reported.
Security footage showed the unsuspecting 55-year-old woman as she walked down the sidewalk.
A man heading towards her suddenly lashed out and punched her square in her face, knocking her to the pavement.
The woman lost consciousness as approximately five bystanders rushed to her, the video showed.
The suspect just walked off.
Jin Zhen said he saw the attack happen and that he helped police identify the perpetrator, WCBS reported.
“Witnessing it in front of me. I was shocked,” Zhen told the news outlet. “What I see is a lady, her behind hit the ground, and her back roll into the back of dining structure, and she went unconscious, her eyes closed.”
Zhen immediately ran for help.
“I know the 5th precinct is 300 feet away, so I dashed over,” he told WCBS. “I think the best way to keep everyone safe and myself was calling police officer.”
The victim was transported to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, NBC News reported.
New York police apprehended her attacker about a block away from the scene a short while later.
He has been identified as 48-year-old Alexander Wright, NBC News reported.
Police said they found K2, a synthetic cannabinoid often referred to as “spice,” on the suspect while they were searching him, according to WCBS.
Wright was transported to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation, and has been charged with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and assault as a hate crime, NBC News reported.
Police are very familiar with Wright, who has been arrested many times, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told WCBS.
“Lives in a shelter, arrested eight times in the last year, randomly assaulting people, setting fires. The guy that was arrested on Friday setting fires,” Commissioner Shea said, running down Wright’s recent activities. “What are we doing in society, we’re releasing these people right back onto the street?”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
This was just sent to me from my constituent. This just happened in my district in Chinatown. He has been arrested and our precinct is investigating. pic.twitter.com/sxNfCbrlza
— Yuh-Line Niou (@yuhline) May 31, 2021