Police in New York City have released disturbing video showing the moment an Asian woman walking with a friend in Midtown Manhattan was struck in the head by a female attacker for wearing a face mask.
The violent incident took place in Hell's Kitchen at around 8.45pm on Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, the assailant has not been arrested.
Video taken from a surveillance camera in the area at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue shows the victim and her companion being accosted by a woman dressed in all black.
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A 31-year-old woman named Theresa, pictured in a light-colored hoodie, was walking to the subway with a friend along West 42nd Street when she was accosted by the hammer-wielding stranger who told her to remove her mask
The attacker struck Theresa in the head with the hammer, leaving a gash on her forehead
Despite her injury, Theresa put up a fight. During the scuffle that ensued, the attacker grabbed the woman's friend
Theresa was able to disarm the assailant and put some distance between herself and the woman
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The suspect in the attack, seen above yelling at the victim, has not been arrested as of Tuesday morning
'Take off your mask,' the attacker was said to have demanded.
When the victim refused to remove her mask, the assailant whacked her with a hammer on the left side of her forehead, inflicting a deep bloody gash.
In the video, the victim's friend tries to put up a fight by swinging a bottle of wine she was carrying at the attacker, but the woman in black grabs her and tries to hit her with the hammer.
During the scuffle, the victim manages to wrest the hammer out of the hands of the perpetrator, who proceeds to angrily yell at her before walking away.
Theresa, a recent graduate of fashion Institute of Technology, suffered a massive gash on her head that required seven stitches
Theresa said she had just returned to New York City last month after spending the pandemic with her parents in Taiwan, and now she is planning to head back
Speaking to ABC 7, the victim, who identified herself only as Theresa, said she is shaken and traumatized by the unprovoked assault.
The woman said she was walking to the subway with a friend, for safety, when a stranger who was muttering to herself confronted them.
Theresa said she initially tried to defend