A 48-year-old man accused of attacking an Asian man and yelling “white power” has been charged with a hate crime in New York City, according to NBC News.
The New York Police Department said that Steven Zatorski ran up to the Asian man and began kicking him in the legs and punching his face and the back of his head Monday morning. The Asian man had been walking down Third Avenue in Manhattan at the time of the incident, police said.
Before the assault, Zatorski, a white man, reportedly yelled, “You are a fucking immigrant! Go back to your country! What are you doing here?” according to the New York Daily News.
Police also said that Zatorski yelled, “Here in my country, we are white power!”
Witnesses alerted police, and NYPD officers arrived and arrested Zatorski. The victim, who suffered swelling and bruising to his head and eye, was treated at the scene.
The two men did not know each other, police officials said. Zatorski reportedly lives in a wealthy area of the Flatiron District, the New York Daily News reported.
Zatorski was charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime and third-degree assault, according to amNewYork. He’s scheduled to appear in court Friday.