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Man arrested for allegedly shoving woman to ground outside Queens bakery

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Police in Queens arrested a man, accused of assaulting an Asian woman waiting in line outside a bakery Tuesday afternoon.

FLUSHING, Queens (WABC) -- Police in Queens arrested a man, accused of assaulting an Asian woman waiting in line outside a bakery Tuesday afternoon. Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison commended the 109th Precinct in a tweet, saying great investigative work and community assistance led to the arrest of 47-year-old Patrick Mateo. It happened just before 2 p. m. Wednesday on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, where authorities say the man got into a verbal altercation with the 52-year-old woman. "Get the (expletive) out of my way," he allegedly said before pushing the victim. She fell and hit her head against a newsstand box and was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Queens in stable condition. Exclusive video obtained by Eyewitness News shows the assault:The 52-year-old victim's son said she needed about 10 stitches to close the gash down her forehead after hitting it on the metal newspaper stand. "She is still in shock, she's glad she's still alive," he said.

Last week, she said in an Instagram post that she's found herself "at a loss for words at the rise of Anti-Asian hate crimes," which "have spiked since Covid and continue to increase. ""Hate crimes against Asians Americans have become so bad that in just the past week a 91-year-old Asian American was attacked from behind as he walked down the street in Oakland, an 84-year-old Thai American was murdered in San Francisco, a 64-year-old Vietnamese American woman was assaulted in San Jose and a Filipino American man was slashed in the face in Manhattan," Munn said in the post. Awkwafina and Gemma Chan have also posted about the incident. The victim's son said although she was in pain and in shock, that didn't stop her from running errands on Wednesday. "Nothing is stopping that woman," he said.

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