D.C. police are investigating an assault near McPherson Square Park as a suspected anti-Asian hate crime after they say a man threatened three Northern Virginia residents, used a racial slur and threw a brick through their car window, injuring two of them.
According to authorities, the group of three was walking westbound in the 1400 block of K Street NW on Aug. 18 when a man asked if he could speak to one of them.
When the victim ignored the man, he “became upset and started to yell.” He used an anti-Asian slur and said, “Go back to your country,” the police report reads.
The three victims kept walking to the 900 block of 15th St NW at around 1:45 a.m., but the suspect followed, running up to the group with a large knife and telling one of the victims that he was going to “stab her in the mouth,” police said.
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The group then got in their vehicle and attempted to drive away. At a red light, the man “again approached them and threw a large brick through their driver's side window,” according to authorities.
Two of the victims suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and received medical attention at the scene, police said.
The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information to call them at (202) 727-9099 or text a tip to 50411.