Homeless man punches, hurls anti-Asian slur at Good Samaritan, cops say

Homeless man punches, hurls anti-Asian slur at Good Samaritan, cops say

March 24, 2021

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A homeless man assaulted and hurled an anti-Asian slur at a Good Samaritan who tried to stop him from harassing an elderly couple in Brooklyn, according to cops and police sources.

The victim, a 62-year-old Asian man, was at 86th Street and 25th Avenue in Gravesend around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday when he spotted a man bothering the older couple, cops said.

When he attempted to intervene, the suspect — identified as Donovan Lawson, 26 — punched him the face, cops said. 

He also spit at him and called him a “c–nk,” according to police sources. 

The victim was taken to Coney Island Hospital in stable condition. 

His attacker, who is homeless, was arrested on scene and charged with assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, menacing and harassment, according to police.

The department’s hate crime task force is investigating. 

The incident comes as the Big Apple and other cities face a recent surge in crimes against Asian victims.

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