March 3, Staff Report
A 69-year-old Hispanic woman was attacked on 31st Street near Ditmars Blvd by a man with an umbrella who told her that she should be deported.
The woman, according to the Daily News, was leaving Key Food at around 1:30 pm Wednesday when a white man in his 60s yelled: “Get the f–k out of my country! You should be deported! I should shoot you!” the Daily News reported. He then swung an umbrella at her, cutting one of her fingers.
The woman, a New York City native of Puerto Rican descent, told the Daily News she’s lived in the neighborhood more 26 years, and she’d never seen her attacker before.
The attacker went onto to swing his umbrella at her.
“I blocked him with my left hand,” and suffered a cut finger, she said.
The victim, according to the Daily News, said she beat him back with her own umbrella. By then, a crowd started gathering, and he took off, repeating his threats as he left, she said.
Cops are investigating the encounter as a possible hate crime.
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