BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A Puerto Rican woman was attacked on Friday at a local supermarket by an umbrella-wielding man who told her she should be deported, police said.
The 69-year-old woman, whose named was not released, was leaving a Key Food on 31st Street near Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria around 1:30 p.m. on March 3 when the man, who is white, confronted her with his umbrella and said, “Get the f— out of my country! You should be deported! I should shoot you!”
The man, whose name has not been released, swung his umbrella at the woman, cutting her finger, but she began to fight back with her umbrella, drawing attention from passersby, resulting in the attacker fleeing the scene, police said.
According to published reports, the woman, a 26-year city resident, had never before seen her attacker. The NYPD is investigating the encounter as a possible hate crime.
Elected officials representing Astoria said they were troubled by the incident.
“This despicable attack has no place in our city— or anywhere,” read a statement by U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria). “Now more than ever, we must stand united for tolerance and respect.
All New Yorkers, including our immigrant communities, deserve the opportunity to walk our streets safely and without being viciously harassed or assaulted because of the way they look. Our nation was founded by immigrants and they continue to be an integral part of the American fabric. As hate crimes have risen over the past year, we reaffirm our belief in justice and cooperation and stand united with our community against hate and bigotry.”
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