By Tim Fitzsimons / nbcnews

Source: nbcnews

A woman of Asian descent was violently assaulted in New York City on Sunday while she was traveling to a protest against anti-Asian violence in what police are calling a hate crime.

The 37-year-old woman, who was not identified, was walking in lower Manhattan when a man approached her and snatched her protest sign, the New York Police Department said Monday.

“The individual attempted to place the sign into a garbage can but then placed the sign on the ground and stomped on it,” the NYPD said. “When the victim asked the male why he did that, he punched her twice in the face with a closed fist.”

The suspect fled onto the nearby Astor Place subway station and the victim was treated for minor injuries at a city hospital, according to police.

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