Asian woman pushed to death in front of oncoming train in New York

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

Police and transit crew members are investigating a fatal assault Saturday on a Times Square subway platform.NBC New York

New York police told NBC News the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. at 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 pushed onto the tracks and hit by a southbound R train, a police spokesman said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

New York crime statistics showed a significant increase in anti-Asian hate crimes last year. In December 2021, incidents targeting Asians increased 361% over the previous year, the NYPD said late last year.

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

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