Police are asking for help identifying the two men who brutally beat an Asian man while he was being held from behind in a New York subway station in an attack that witnesses said was an incident of vigilante justice, not a racist incident .
The attack, seen in a now viral clip, showed two men taking turns attacking a 42-year-old man on the air conditioning platform at Fulton Street Station in Manhattan at 3:30 p.m. Friday, police said.
Photos released Tuesday by the NYPD show one of the men wearing an orange hat, light blue hoodie, sweatpants and blue and white sneakers.
The man who shot the video told the Post the shocking attack was not a race-based attack, but a question of vigilantism that went too far after the Asian man allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman on a train.
In the clip, the 42-year-old man is held cross-body from behind by a third man while a crowd looks on. The first attacker ends dramatically and prepares to hit the man.
“I have a daughter,” he is heard to say. “If the cops lock me up, I’ll pay my own bail. I understand it.”
Then he punches the man in the face. As the man tries to free himself, another attacker unleashes a series of punches, hitting the arrested man in the face.
Someone is heard shouting “chill” as the violence continues.
An Asian Crime Report Twitter account tweeted the video on Sundayand the NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force retweeted it and asked the victim to contact the police.
But the man who filmed the video said the Asian man was held until police arrived over the alleged attempted sexual assault.
“This thing is completely insane,” he said in a previous interview.
“The guy who was holding him never attacked him and he didn’t know those guys [who hit him.] The important thing about all of this is that none of it was racial.”
The man said the police didn’t arrive until almost 20 minutes after his first call.
The NYPD said officers arrived at the station at 3:34 p.m. and found that most of those involved were no longer on the platform. The department has since launched an investigation.
Cops are asking anyone with information to call or sign up at the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477
https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/asian-man-who-was-attacked-on-nyc-subway-platform-was-vigilante-justice-witness/ Police are asking for help to identify suspects who beat Asian man in NYC