Transcript for Reports of violence against Asian Americans increase across the country
Now to a brutal attack in New York City's chinatown leading to hate crime charges. ABC's Zachary kiesch has the latest on the case and how the department of justice is responding to a rise in hate crimes on asian-americans across the country. Reporter: This morning, a 23-year-old Brooklyn man arrested after this violent attack Thursday night in new York City's chinatown. Police say the 36-year-old victim was walking alone when Salman muflihi allegedly stabbed him in the back. Police say the suspect confessed and when asked what led to the attack said, he didn't like the way he looked at him. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Muflihi has been charged with second degree attempted murder as a hate crime. This is thoroughly unacceptable and we will not stand for it. We will fight it. Reporter: The latest in a string of attacks targeting Asian community. According to stop aapi hate, since the start of the pandemic, nearly 3,000 incidents have been reported against asian-americans. These patterns have been pretty consistent throughout the year. What we've noticed is that people are targeting those who they think are vulnerable. Reporter: The NYPD is releasing this surveillance video showing another attack earlier this week. Asking for help in identifying this suspect seen dragging this Asian woman to the ground and punching her before running off with her purse. The NYPD now trying to stop the ongoing violence by assembling an anti-hate crime task force. That could be my mother. You know, that could be my aunt, that could be my wife. It could be family. So you don't want to see that happen. Reporter: Critics argue more needs to be done. In a statement the department of justice said the United States is currently facing unprecedented challenges, some of which are fueling increased bigotry and hatred. I wish I could say I'm just shocked, but I am not sadly. Reporter: Zachary kiesch, ABC news, New York. Our thanks to Zachary. This is an awful trend and we'll continue to report on it. We turn now though to the weather and rob Marciano. Robert, good morning to you, sir. Hi, Dan, good morning, guys. It's been relatively quiet across the east weatherwise but I'm meteorologist Brittany
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