FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — An Asian man in Forest Hills says he was harassed while bringing his son to school Thursday morning by a man clad in camouflage who shouted, "Where is your f---ing mask?" and tried to attack him.

The man — who asked to be identified only by his first name, Jeff, to protect his family — told Patch he was bringing his son to a school bus stop on Yellowstone Boulevard when the man started cursing at him and tried to hit him in the head.

"Where's your f---ing mask, you Chinese b---h?" the man yelled at him, Jeff told Patch in a phone interview.

Jeff and his son kept walking, but the man chased after them, he recalled.

To keep up to date with COVID-19 developments in Forest Hills, sign up for as of March 1, the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating across the city as misinformation about the virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, fuels against Chinese and other Asian communities.

An Asian woman in Manhattan was and accused of having the new coronavirus, according to ABC7 New York, and an Asian man riding the subway was sprayed with what appeared to be a cleaning solution.

"Right now, we've seen particularly troubling instances of discrimination directed at Asian communities, particularly the Chinese community," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. "This is unacceptable."

The NYPD urges people who believe they were the victim of a hate crime to report incidents to their local police precinct or call 911 for crimes in progress.


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