New York Man Indicted on Felony Hate Crime Charges in Attacks on Seven Asian Women

Authorities have indicted a man on multiple hate crime charges for allegedly attacking seven Asian women in New York last month, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced on April 4.

Steven Zajonc, 28, faces six felony counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and seven counts of second-degree aggravated, a misdemeanor hate crime, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement.

According to the indictment and court statements, Zajonc hit seven Asian women in the face with a closed first or his elbow, without provocation, in separate incidents within three hours on Feb. 27.

In the last incident, Zajonc shoved a woman on the ground.

Bragg said that Zajonc struck the women from behind “for no other reason than their perceived race.”

Of the seven victims, whose ages range from 19 to 57, six suffered bleeding cuts and bruises to their faces while one victim was knocked unconscious and was hospitalized, prosecutors said.

Police arrested Zajonc on March 2.

The charges are filed in a New York State Supreme Court.

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