On Friday, the Sunnyside Post reported that Maricia Bell, a woman in the Utopia neighborhood of Queens, New York City, has been arrested after allegedly spending months going on an "anti-Asian assault spree."
"The first incident took place on May 23 at around 9 p.m. when Bell punched a 24-year-old Asian man inside a parking lot, located at the rear of 71-43 Kissena Blvd., and ran off with his glasses," reported Michael Dorgan.
Bell's most recent anti-Asian attack, the report notes, occurred on July 21 when "she targeted a 75-year-old Asian woman who was collecting bottles on the street... and struck her in the back of the head with a hammer."
The victim would suffer a laceration to the head as a result of the attack.
According to the report, Bell is charged with a slew of crimes including robbery, assault, and aggravated harassment, with the hate crime enhancement.
Anti-Asian hate crimes have surged since last year, with many victims being targeted out of the incorrect belief that they were responsible for spreading COVID-19 to the United States. These crimes range from random acts of violence to grisly murder plots, like the Atlanta spree killer who attacked women in Asian spas. Congress passed a measure earlier this year cracking down on these hate crimes.