In New York, authorities are looking a man suspected of punching two Indian women in separate attacks inside Queens subway stations. The NYPD is investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.
Cops Hunt Man Punching Women in Queens Subway Stations
28-year-old Sherlock Arana is accused of uttering anti-Indian slurs before attacking both women.
In the first attack on December 8, Arana allegedly walked up to an 18-year-old woman in the 88th Street station in Ozone Park, began making anti-Indian remarks, then punched her in the face before running away.
The second attack occurred last Thursday, when Arana reportedly offered to swipe a 30-year-old woman into the Jamaica-179th Street station if she agreed to pay. When the woman refused, Arana made an anti-Indian remark and punched her in the head. The blow caused the woman to fall to the ground and hit her head, while Arana fled the scene.
Police have released a photo of Arana, and are asking for the public's help finding him. He is described as 6-feet-tall and 200 pounds with a skin condition similar to vitiligo on his face. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and boots.
Anyone with information about Arana's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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