A 34-year-old man participating in a volunteer patrol group had his phone knocked out of his hand as he recorded two men hurling anti-Asian slurs in Queens, police said.
The victim, a member of the Main Street Patrol, spotted two men yelling anti-Asian slurs on Kissena Boulevard near Barclay Avenue in Flushing around 5 p.m. Sunday when he started following them, authorities said.
The duo also made threatening comments as pedestrians passed, including, “I’m going to slap that b—h,” “I’m going to kick someone,” and “I’m going to hit somebody with this,” referring to a bag they carried, cops said.
When the pair entered an apartment building, the victim held up his phone and recorded them from the entrance, police said.
Then one of the men allegedly went over to him, slapped the phone out of his hands and snapped, “Why are you recording me, c—k?”
The phone was damaged, said police, who are looking into the incident as a criminal mischief and possible bias crime. The department’s hate crimes task force is investigating.
One of the suspects is about 5-foot-10 and in his early 20s, last seen wearing a red hoodie, gray shorts and white sneakers.
The other, described as about 6 feet tall and in his 20s, wearing eyeglasses, a wool cap and black pants.
The Main Street Patrol is “a group founded by volunteers driven to keep the streets of Flushing safe after the rise of attacks on the Asian community especially the elders,” according to a post on its Instagram page.
“Our aim is to keep a watchful eye and educate our public on safe bystander tactics to protect each other,” the post says.
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