Police have released a sketch of a white man believed to be in his 30s who reportedly attacked a black woman and called her a “black bitch” while doing so.
The white male is described as about 5-foot-3 inches tall and his 30s.
The victim, Anne Marie Washington told police she got off at the Church Street station in Flatbush last week when a white man approached her called her the racial slur and punched her in the head twice.
It was only later the 57-year-old realized she’d been stab, which required surgery.
“She’s a strong woman,” Washington’s daughter Itisha said to local reporters. “She’s recovering. She had to have a chest tube put in. She’s in a lot of pain.”
Washington’s family joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other community leaders as they urged the MTA to release any information that would lead to an arrest.
“This is a mother who was assaulted for no other reason but based on what we hear and because of her ethnicity,” said Adams. “That is unacceptable in this community as extremely diverse as it is.”
Police have not yet confirmed whether or not they’re investigating the attack as a hate crime. However, the FBI has released it 2017 report which details hate crimes increased for the third consecutive year, this time by 17 percent.