Recently, there has been an increase in attacks on Asian Americans.
Two Asian women were arrested
FoxNews.com reported Thursday that two more Asian women were wounded in a knife attack in a busy San Francisco business district that afternoon.
After a two-hour manhunt, police arrested the 54-year-old suspect. Police said the two injured were aged 65 and 85. The suspect’s motive has yet to be established.
An Asian-American man in New York was “hammered”
In addition to the knife attack on two women in a busy U.S. business district, an Asian-American man has been beaten with a hammer in New York City, CBS News reported.
The incident reportedly took place on April 26 when 32-year-old victim Sumit Aluwalia was the manager of a hotel in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. On the day of the incident, while working in the lobby of the hotel, the suspect burst into the hotel and began yelling at the hotel staff and spitting in Aluaglia’s face three times, and the suspect pulled out a hammer and hit Aluaglia in the head before fleeing.
Victim Sumit Aluwalia: He took out his hammer and hit me on the head, and I took a step back and asked him: Brother, what’s going on here? He said: You are not my brother, we are not the same skin color, I do not like you.
Aluwalia suffered a head haemorrhage injury. Local police said they arrested the suspect on the 4th. The suspect was charged with assault, threatening and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Victim Sumit Aluwalia: We’re not here to hurt anyone, we’re here to work, we’re doing a job. I get up at 6am and sometimes I don’t come home until 7pm or 9pm and we shouldn’t be treated like that.
As of April, there were 68 reported hate crimes against Asians in New York, compared with 15 in the same period in 2020.
Attacks More Asian Americans are joining the ranks of first-time gun buyers
Some Asian-Americans are joining the ranks of first-time gun buyers because of the frequency of attacks on Asians, CNN reported Wednesday. In recent months, many Asians have turned to professionals for advice on buying guns for the first time, as more and more Asians realize they can’t rely on law enforcement all the time, and their personal defenses are critical, according to professionals.
Police investigated 36 attacks against Asians in more than 10 major U.S. cities in the first quarter of 2020, and that number jumped to 95 in the first quarter of 2021, up more than 160 percent from a year earlier.
New York, with its large Asian population, saw the largest increase, with 13 related hate crimes in New York in the first quarter of 2020 and 42 in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 223 percent.
There are no official statistics on Asian-American gun purchases. But U.S. gun sales in the first four months of this year were close to 16 million units, up 31 percent from a year earlier and the highest level since records began in 1998, according to federal data released Thursday.