Black woman Maricia Bell charged with a spree of anti-Asian attacks with four ...

Black woman Maricia Bell charged with a spree of anti-Asian attacks with four ...
Black woman Maricia Bell charged with a spree of anti-Asian attacks with four ...

Maricia Bell, 25, has been accused of attacking three Asian women aged 75, 63 and 34 along with a 23-year-old Asian man

Maricia Bell, 25, has been accused of attacking three Asian women aged 75, 63 and 34 along with a 23-year-old Asian man

A woman has been arrested for an alleged hate-driven, anti-Asian series of assaults that left four people injured over the course of several months in Queens, New York.

Maricia Bell, 25, has been accused of attacking three women aged 75, 63 and 34 along with a 23-year-old man.

The four incidents were all separate and began on May 23 but saw Bell punch her victims or even use a metal tool as part of the alleged attack.

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During the first assault, Bell is alleged to have yelled at her victim, 'Why are you talking to me?' before punching the man in a parking lot in Flushing. 

A similar assault was then committed against a 34-year-old woman inside a bodega in Pomonok on June 16.

The following month, on July 11, she is accused of hitting a 63-year-old woman in the face while the victim was walking near 72nd Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, also in in Pomonok. 

The latest incident happened early on Wednesday morning about a block away from where she is alleged to have hit a 75-year-old woman with a hammer.

Bell has been charged with a number of hate crimes together with assault, harassment and robbery, according to police.

Bell has five prior arrests including one from March for which she was charged with assault as a hate crime according to the New York Post.

ALLEGED ANTI-ASIAN ASSAULTS  
 On March 23, at 8:55am, at 71-43 Kissena Blvd, the suspect looked at the victim, asked, 'why are you looking at me?' and then punched the 23-year-old Asian man in the face causing minor scratches. On June 16, at 6:14pm, inside a grocery store located at 70-63 Parsons Blvd, the suspect approached a 34-year-old Asian woman, asked her, 'why are you looking at me?' then punched her in the back of the head with a closed fist. On July 11, at 10pm, at the corner of 72nd Avenue and Parsons Blvd, the suspect approached a 73-year-old Asian woman in a parking lot and punched her in the cheek causing pain and swelling. On July 21, at 7:30am, the suspect approached a 75-year-old Asian woman collecting cans from behind, and struck her in the back of the head with an unknown object.

                                                                                                                                 Source: NYPD 

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The alleged assaults are  just one of many that have targeted Asians citywide, with close to 100 anti-Asian hate crimes being reported to authorities this year, according to the NYPD with at least 260 since the start of the pandemic. 

Activists and police officials say many additional incidents were not classified as hate crimes or went unreported.  

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In December 2020 an Asian Hate Crime Task Force was formed within the NYPD, to encourage

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