In an unprovoked attack in New York City, surveillance film shows Anthony Evans slicing a woman with a box cutter in the open. He has been detained and is facing a hate crime accusation, according to the authorities.
Investigators claim that shocking video evidence shows 30-year-old alleged career criminal Anthony Evans assaulting the 59-year-old seamstress as she was walking along Seventh Avenue close to West 42nd Street in Manhattan.
The victim, who was seen carrying a supermarket cart in the footage, was attacked with a box cutter by the suspect, a Black male wearing a black jacket and gray sweatpants, who approached her from behind. Afterward, he allegedly ran away, according to authorities.
Anthony Evans is currently accused of committing a hate crime and possessing a weapon after being arrested more than 30 times for charges such as robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and turnstile jumping.
Police have not yet determined what motivated the assault.
Police asked people to help identify Anthony Evans from surveillance footage
The 59-year-old Asian woman was assaulted by Anthony Evans, and after the attack, she was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a large gash on her right hand.
The victim’s daughter said that her mother was happy that no one else was hurt while discussing Anthony Evans’ arrest.
The initial video of the incident was made public last week by the New York Police Department in an effort to identify the assailant. However, as of Monday, they were still seeking information on his whereabouts. The NYPD also released a photo of Anthony Evans. Evans was captured, according to WABC, after being seen near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Authorities said up until Monday night that they were not investigating the incident as a hate crime. It’s unclear, though, what led to the associated accusations on Tuesday.
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Asian American advocacy organizations called for stronger action to lessen hate crimes on Tuesday, especially given that they have been on the rise recently.
The Post received a statement from Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, by email.
A man headbutted a 27-year-old while yelling anti-Asian slurs at him in Queens last month. A second incident involved the accused kicking of an Asian woman in Manhattan while yelling “get out of our country.”