By Sasha Gonzales
Police have arrested three teenage girls who carried out a hate crime in the Bronx, attacking an Asian woman in the latest instance of ethnic targeting over the coronavirus, authorities said.
The attack happened on a city bus about 3 p.m. Saturday near West 166th Street, where the trio of 15-year olds yelled anti-Asian slurs at the 51-year-old victim, blaming her for the spread of COVID-19 as one of the girls struck her in her head with an umbrella, according to the NYPD.
The victim received stitches at St. Barnabas Hospital and is recovering.
Her attackers, whose names were not made public because they are underage, are charged with crimes including assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.