Asian woman pushed to her death in front of oncoming train in NYC

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An Asian woman was pushed to her death in front of an oncoming train in New York City on Saturday morning.

Police and transit crew members investigate a deadly assault Saturday on a Times Square subway platform.NBC New York

New York City police told NBC News that the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. in a Times Square subway station near 42nd Street and Broadway.

Authorities have taken a person of interest into custody as they continue to investigate the incident.

The woman was shoved onto the tracks and struck by a southbound R train, a police spokesperson said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators have not yet determined whether the attack was random or intentional.

Crime statistics in New York City showed a significant increase in anti-Asian hate crimes last year. By December 2021, incidents targeting Asians rose by 361 percent compared with the year before, the NYPD said late last year.

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Anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents have spiked across the country during the pandemic.

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