NEW YORK – A woman was arrested for what New York City police describe as a series of hate crimes against Asian people dating back to May.
Police say they detained 25-year-old Maricia Bell on Thursday. Bell was charged with stealing sunglasses from a person of Asian descent on May 23. He also allegedly attacked three Asian victims on three separate occasions, on June 16, July 11, and July 21.
All the incidents occurred in Queens.
In the latest unprovoked attack on Wednesday, police say Bell attacked an elderly woman with a hammer. The victim was left in serious but stable condition, according to the New York Police Department.
Bell has been charged with three counts of assault as a hate crime and one count of robbery as a hate crime.
No other information was immediately available.