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NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force launches investigation into Asian woman attacked with large rock

On Friday, an Asian woman was attacked in Queens, leaving her in critical condition. The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident according to an NYPD spokesperson.

Police say a man struck 61-year-old GuiYing Ma in the head with a large rock some time around 8 a.m. She sustained injuries to her face and head and was taken to the hospital. A 33-year-old man was arrested on Saturday by the NYPD for his connection to the crime, and the department has recommended charges of assault and harassment against him. 

The Asian Hate Crime Task Force was created during the coronavirus pandemic by the NYPD after an increase in attacks on Asian Americans. Across the nation, 10,370 hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islander people were reported to Stop Hate AAPI between March 19, 2020 and September 30, 2021. Stop Hate AAPI is a center that keeps record of reports of discrimination and racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

The Queens woman, who had been identified by family members, was sweeping the sidewalk of a vacant property in Jackson Heights when the attack occurred, according to Yihung Hsieh. Hsieh owns the Jackson Heights property where GuiYing Ma was attacked, and Hsieh set up a GoFundMe page to assist in covering her medical expenses due to the injuries she sustained.

So far, she has had to have surgery to relieve the pressure on her brain. “She’s not only a tenant, she is just like my family. I treat her like my auntie, because my mom just passed away,” Hsieh said. “I can barely fall asleep or eat well. I feel just like my family was hurt.” Although a suspect was arrested, Hsieh said he lacks confidence in New York security. “It’s better than if he was not arrested,” he added, saying that he and Ma’s husband are primarily concerned with her recovery.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNN

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