Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves 7 murders that were committed by 1 man in NYC.
Steven Zajonc, a 28 year old Manhattan resident was arrested and charged with hate crimes on Wednesday evening in connection with a two hour spree of attacks on women of Asian descent in Manhattan over the weekend. The police charged Zajonc with seven counts of assault and attempted assault classified as hate crimes and with seven counts of aggravated harassment and harassment that were not classified as hate crimes.
Zajonc was taken into custody outside a public library in Midtown on Wednesday afternoon, according to a police spokesman. The police said the man, originally from Florida, had declined to make a statement after his arrest Wednesday night. There was no indication that the assailant knew any of the seven victims, two of whom were treated at local hospitals. The first attack took place about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday around 30th Street and Madison Avenue, when the man approached a 57 year old woman and, without uttering a word, punched her in the face, the police said. Ten minutes later and a block west, the nightmare repeated itself. The second victim was 25.
The attacks all followed the same pattern as the assailant made his way south. The next two victims, punched in the face just minutes apart, were also in their early 20s. At 7:05 p.m., a 19 year old was elbowed in the face at Union Square. Twenty minutes later, the man was on East Houston Street near Mott Street, where he elbowed another woman in the mouth. The man then headed north to Greenwich Village. The last attack occurred near Eighth Street and Broadway, close to New York University, at about 8:40 p.m. The victim, 20, was shoved to the ground before the man fled west. “There was no prior interaction, and no statements were made” in any of the incidents, according to the police.
The man’s image was captured by surveillance cameras in several locations, and the attacks were being investigated by the department’s Hate Crime Task Force. A police spokesman said that the attack on the diplomat was being investigated as a hate crime and that the attack on the performer, who is 16, had been classified as a harassment complaint.