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Suspect charged with hate crime for attacking Asian man in NYC subway

Suspect charged with hate crime for attacking Asian man in NYC subway

An Asian man was elbowed in the chest by a hate-filled attacker who sneered, “If you’re not Bruce Lee, then f–k off” at him in a Manhattan subway station Wednesday, cops said.

The 42-year-old victim was waiting on the southbound B train platform at the 86th Street/Central Park East station around 12:15 p.m. when he was attacked by Janaria Kelley, according to police.

Kelley, 55, then fled on a southbound train but was quickly nabbed at Columbus Circle.

He was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and assault, cops said.

Kelley has six prior arrests, including one for forcibly touching a 66-year-old Asian woman on March 10, according to police sources.

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That incident happened in front of 173 Canal Street in Chinatown when he allegedly grabbed the woman’s privates around 12:15 p.m., the sources said.

He was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse, court records show. He has a follow up court date in that case on April 27.

The race-fueled incident on Wednesday comes amid a recent wave of crimes against Asians in the Big Apple and beyond, including the brutal beating of a Filipino-American woman in front of a Manhattan apartment building on March 29.

The NYPD has recently assigned additional undercover officers to combat the surge in hate crimes.

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