Lauren Fruen, Daily Mail, August 24, 2019
Police in New York have arrested a man they say committed hate crimes against white people in Manhattan, including hitting a 20-year-old woman over the head with a brick.
Todd Lyons, 33, was arrested Friday and charged with hate crime assault and assault after video showed a shirtless man roaming the streets of the city and launching unprovoked attacks on at least four victims.
Footage showed one woman, 20, hit from behind as the walked alone. Police told The New York Post: ‘This woman is lucky to be alive — she could have easily been seriously injured.’
Authorities said Lyons called one of his victims a ‘f***ing honky’ in a hate spree police say started on the evening of August 9.
The suspect is said to have ran up behind a 56-year-old man, before pushing him to the floor.
Then, on August 14, Lyons is accused of attacking three more people including a 64-year-old woman who he allegedly hit in the neck and shoulder with a stick.
He later hit the 20-year-old woman with the brick, police say.
A 58-year-old man was then hit in the face, during an attack in which he was said to have been told: ‘Get off the street honky, you f***king honky, you don’t belong here.’
Lyons has been charged with three counts of hate crime assault and three counts of assault.
On August 16 he was arrested in what police say was an unrelated incident after allegedly pulling a 25-year-old woman’s hair before pushing her to the ground.
His alleged victim is said to have suffered bruising to her arm.
Lyons was also arrested on July over an assault in the Bronx and caught for evading in 2017, police say.