South Korean Diplomat Attacked on New York City Street

A random attacker punched a South Korean diplomat in the face in New York City on Feb. 9 night, police said.

An unknown adult male attacked the victim in the area of Fifth Avenue and West 35th Street in Midtown Manhattan at around 8:10 p.m. local time, punched him, and fled on foot towards Sixth Avenue, the police said in a statement.

Police said the victim, a 52-year-old male, suffered a broken nose and was taken to the NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn, in stable condition.

NBC News reported that the attacker did not say anything to the Korean official during the assault and that the victim showed his diplomatic ID to the attacker.

Police told ABC News that the attack was “unprovoked.”

The police did not immediately assign a motive for the beating.

As of Feb. 10 morning, no arrests have been made.

The attack occurred near the Koreatown in Manhattan and about a mile southwest of the United Nations headquarters.

City Councilman Keith Powers called the attack “horrific and absolutely unacceptable.”

“In light of this horrific violence, we must not only condemn hate and discrimination, but prioritize public safety. It is paramount that New Yorkers are safe on our city’s streets,” Powers said on Twitter.

According to statistics from the New York Police Department, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 361% last year, from 28 in 2020 to 129 in 2021.


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