Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News, June 15, 2022
A suspect has been arrested after seven months for pepper-spraying three men for speaking Cantonese in a Brooklyn hate crime, police said Wednesday.
Isaiah Jordan was nabbed Monday for the Nov. 2 attack on 20th Ave. near 64th St. in Bensonhurst.
The three victims, who are between 51 and 57 years old, were chatting in their native language when Jordan walked by about 8:30 p.m. He mocked the victims’ language and hurled anti-Asian slurs at them, sparking an argument, according to cops.
As the argument heated up, Jordan allegedly punched one of the victims in the face and pulled out a knife and a small canister of pepper spray.
While hate crimes against Asians had quadrupled in the city at the time of attack, anti-Asian attacks are down so far this year in the five boroughs.