Hate crime sketch


NYPD Releases Sketch Of Suspect In Violent Attack On Black Woman

November 13, 2018 - 8:56 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police have released a sketch of the man they believe randomly punched and stabbed a woman at a Brooklyn subway station in an attack they’re investigating as a hate crime.

The NYPD released a sketch of the suspect Tuesday as they continued their investigation.

The woman, who is black, was coming home Friday night when she was approached from behind by a white man in his 30s at the Church Avenue Q line stop, police and witnesses told CBS 2

The man started yelling racial slurs at her before the encounter escalated into an all-out attack. Police say the man punched the woman in the face and stabbed her in the shoulder with a sharp object.

Witness Kezia Bernard-Nau says the victim was in shock and hunched over after the attack.  She said the 57-year-old woman was “really dazed and out of it.”

The victim apparently didn’t realize she had been stabbed until she woke up in a pool of blood the following morning and her daughter said she needed to go to a hospital, Bernard-Nau told CBS 2.

“They rushed her to hospital and that’s when she found out that she was indeed really hurt and her lung collapsed because of it,” Bernard-Nau said.

The victim, identified as Ann Marie Washington, reportedly had to have surgery for the collapsed lung and was still recovering at a hospital Monday.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce investigating the incident, according to CBS 2.

Meanwhile, Washington's attacker remains at large.

“She’s just scared and she wants this guy caught because he can go out and do something worse to someone else,” Bernard-Nau said.