Atsuko Obando, 54, was on her way to work as a nurse and had just gotten off a Subway 1 train at the 116th Street-Columbia University station around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the suspect rammed her from behind with his bicycle.
“I was scared because he was big,” Obando said. “He laughed and said luckily I got you good asian ******* *****.”
Obando says the suspect continued to taunt her as she walked away from him.
The 54-year-old said that although her back hurt, the striker’s dismissive attitude was just as painful.
“I felt his right, like he had some kind of divine right to hurt another human being,” Obando said.
Obando was able to walk to the emergency room, but has been unable to work since.
She says she’s not a vindictive person, but says choosing the suspect’s photo for investigators sends a message.
“I will be satisfied if he sees his own face and his poster and he knows that I didn’t just leave and he couldn’t fire me,” Obando said.
Police announced later Thursday evening that Raymond Bennet, 46, was arrested for assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon.
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