A Queens man has been slapped with hate crime costs for head-butting an Asian man in an unprovoked assault, police stated Tuesday.
Rudy Coslopez, 41, randomly approached the 22-year-old sufferer on Steinway St. close to thirty fourth Ave. in Astoria on July 12, in line with cops.
Coslopez allegedly barked hateful anti-Asian statements on the man earlier than he head-butted him.
The sufferer’s tooth was chipped within the assault.
Police arrested Coslopez and charged him with assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and assault, police stated.
He lives in Elmhurst about two miles from the place the alleged assault befell, in line with cops.
Up to now this 12 months, 427 individuals have been the sufferer of a hate crime, in line with the newest NYPD knowledge. The determine marks an 18.9% uptick in comparison with the identical time-frame final 12 months, when 359 hate crimes had been logged.
Final month, seven Asian individuals had been the sufferer of a hate crime — a 40% improve in comparison with Aug. 2021, when 5 Asian individuals had been attacked, in line with the NYPD. Hate crime stats are broadly considered as probably undercounts.