A 68 year old Sri Lankan is the latest victim of Anti-Asian hate. Narayange Bodhi, originally from Sri Lanka has been violently assaulted on the New York City subway by an assailant shouting racial insults. Bodhi was commuting to his job as a security guard at 2.40pm on Friday when the attacker viciously punched the Sri Lankan on a 1 Train in Lower Manhattan, police and witnesses say.
It comes amid national outcry over anti-Asian violence, which has skyrocketed in the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, the NYPD revealed that it had recorded has recorded a 1,300 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.
Suspect Marc Mathieu, 36, of the Bronx was arrested on Sunday and charged with assault after NYPD Transit cops recognized his image on a wanted poster. Mathieu has nine prior arrests according to police reports.
What happened at the NYC subway where the Sri Lankan was punched in the face
According to witnesses the 36 year old Thug Marc Mathieu randomly attacked Bodhi while shouting ‘You Asian motherf***er!’. Speaking to media one of the witnesses George Okrepkie said ‘I could not believe that somebody would attack a man of that age,’
‘Before I could even look he was standing on top of him.’
Okerpkie tried to grab the attacker, but Marc Mathieu escaped out the subway doors as the train came to a stop at the Franklin Street Station in Manhattan.
The Good Samaritan took off his scarf and helped Bodhi use it to stop the bleeding until police arrived.
Statements made by the NYPD regarding the assault
NYPD said on Sunday that they did not yet have evidence that the attack was racially motivated. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force published a call for information about the attacker without calling the incident a hate crime. The alleged assailant had been described as a 6-foot-2 black male with a muscular build, aged around 30 and last seen distinctively dressed in a black fedora, pink hoodie, black leather motorcycle jacket, large chain necklace and light colored pants.