A woman arrested in New York on Thursday faces several hate crime charges, including assault, harassment and robbery, for multiple alleged anti-Asian assaults resulting in four injuries in the Big Apple.
According to police, Maricia Bell, 25, is accused of attacking a 23-year-old man and three women, ages 75, 63, and 34 in four different incidents in Queens beginning on May 23. According to the New York Post, Bell has five prior arrests, including a hate crime assault.
Bell allegedly screamed "Why are you talking to me?" Before punching the man in a parking lot in Flushing.
Bell allegedly assaulted the 34-year-old woman inside a mini-market on June 16.
On July 11, Bell allegedly punched the 63-year-old woman in the face as the victim was walking on the street.
Most recently, Bell allegedly hit the 75-year-old woman with a hammer on Wednesday.
It has been a year and a half since the city instituted bail reform which led to the release of many prolific offenders. The legislation was even revised several months later to roll back some of its provisions as crime spiked.
Retired NYPD Lieutenant Dave Boehm told Fox 5 that criminals are taking advantage of the new rules banning cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies.
"We have people out in the streets in New York who have been arrested 10, 15, 20 times for assault [in the third degree], a misdemeanor, and they'll just continue doing that because they know they are going to be released."