New surveillance footage shows the moment an unhinged suspect slugged an Asian 7-Eleven worker in Manhattan in an apparent hate crime.
The 26-year-old Asian victim was working at the convenience store on Eighth Avenue near West 39th Street, shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday when his attacker stormed in without a mask and repeatedly socked him in the face, according to cops.
Video released late Thursday shows the suspect punching the victim, stepping back slightly, but then appearing to go in for another attack before the clip cuts out.
“You Chinese motherf—er!” the suspect snarled during the attack, cops said.
Cops said the victim, who suffered a cut under his left eye, had previously confronted the suspect after he allegedly tried to steal merchandise.
Police initially said the assault was not being classified as a hate crime because the attack was over “a previous larceny and dispute,” but later confirmed that it was being investigated as a bias crime.
Cops say the suspect has a medium build, black hair, facial hair and was last seen wearing a brown jacket over a gray hoodie with a yellow patch with letters in front, black pants and black sneakers.