A man suspected of punching and biting part of an Asian American man’s finger off while allegedly yelling “go back to your country” in New York City was arrested Thursday morning, according to police.
Lloyd Revell, 38, was arrested at a Hell’s Kitchen hotel that has been serving as a homeless shelter during the pandemic and charged with assault as a hate crime, a New York City Police Department spokesperson told NBC News. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.
The attack is the third on an Asian person in about a three-block radius of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in less than two months.
The 48-year-old victim was walking on West 43rd street and 11th Avenue on Tuesday morning when a man approached him and punched him in the face, according to the NYPD.
“The individual then told the victim to ‘go back to your country’ before repeatedly punching him in his face and biting the victim’s two fingers causing the middle finger tip to be severed,” the NYPD said.
Police released a video of the suspect and asked for anyone with information to contact them.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for cuts on his forehead, a swollen eye and a severed fingertip, NBC New York reported.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation.
“In what has now become an alarming, disgusting pattern, we have learned that yet another Asian American was attacked violently in Manhattan. This needs to end. I want the Asian American community to remember that we stand with them against hate. As New Yorkers we are forever proud of our diversity and we reject any cowardly attempts to divide us,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The suspect, who has no known address, was arrested and charged with two counts each of felony assault; felony criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction; and menacing.
New York City accounted for the largest surge, from 13 hate crimes in the first quarter of 2020 to 42 in the same period this year a 223 percent jump, according to the research.