Suspect Who Attacked 70-Year-Old Sikh Man Identified
April 6, 2022
QUEENS, New York City—Authorities released surveillance footage of the suspect accused of attacking a 70-year-old Sikh man over the weekend.
Police say the assault on Nirmal Singh was unprovoked and left him with a broken nose and severe bruising. The attack has not only outraged the Asian community but specifically, the South Asian community as well.
“These attacks are happening every day on our Asian brothers and sisters.”
“He was just walking and he came from behind and hit him in the face,” Nirmal Singh’s translator said to CBS2 News.
One witness stated Singh just closed his eyes when he got attacked and started crying.
WANTED for ASSAULT: On 4/3/22 @ 6:45 AM, @NYPD102PCT vicinity of Lefferts Blvd & 95 Ave the unidentified individual approached a 70-yr-old victim wearing traditional Sikh articles of faith & assaulted him ANY info call us @ 800-577-TIPS or DM NYPDTips Reward up to $3500. pic.twitter.com/tkxs2seHmw
“Our uncles, our parents, they’re coming to pray and now they’re going to feel scared because they don’t know who is going to be victimized on that kind of situation,” city Human Rights Commissioner Gurdev Singh Kang said.
These attacks on East Asians and South Asians are happening every day. Kang is calling on Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell to do something about it.
When CBS2 asked if he believes the attack was a hate crime, Kang said, “Yes. It’s not the first incident happened this in this area. It happened before, too.”
“We see attacks on minorities every day and it’s got to stop,” Toor added.
The NYPD is asking that anyone with information regarding the attack call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). There is a $3,500 reward.