Authorities this afternoon named the man they believe is responsible for vicious attacks on at least four Asian women in Manhattan over the last two weeks.
NBC 4 New York reports that police are looking for 25-year-old Tyrell Shaw, a career criminal currently on probation for burglary and a history of nearly a dozen arrests. Authorities believe he is the same man who has been terrorizing Asian women at random. NBC 4 reports:
In the first case, on June 10, he asked a 35-year-old woman, “Who is the president of the United States?” police say. When she didn’t respond, police say, he walked away, then returned with a white plastic bag containing a hard object and hit her in the face.
Two days later, last Friday, the same suspect attacked a 34-year-old woman walking near Second Avenue and East 60th Street. As in the earlier cases, he walked up to her, armed with the white bag containing the hard object, and bashed her in the forehead. She also was treated at a hospital.
The woman in that case said the man spoke to her, saying, “All Asian girls doesn’t talk to me,” the victim told NBC 4 New York. She said he complained he could never get their phone numbers; she said she ignored him.
“And then, just after next second, he just hit my face,” the woman said.
Yesterday, a tipster called Crime Stoppers when she came across a blog believed to belong to Shaw, in which the writer complains of speaking to 1,500 Asian women with no response. “I never agreed with violence, but I knew the only way I could overcome that sense of rejection-would start by assaulting the Women that carelessly rejected me,” one post reads. “I just couldn’t understand why Asian Women didn’t find me attractive.”
We’ve found a nice woman for you, Tyrell. You should look her up.
Some complain that the assaults have attracted virtually no publicity compared to other hate crimes.
Authorities are reportedly investigating the attacks as bias crimes.