Crime

Woman punched on NYC subway by stranger who says ‘I hate Mexicans’

A woman was pummeled on a Brooklyn train by a complete stranger who screamed “I hate Mexicans” during the vicious, unprovoked assault, police said Tuesday.

The 41-year-old victim got on a Manhattan-bound Q train at the Newkirk Ave. station in Flatbush about 8:45 a.m. Monday and sat next to the woman who would ultimately attack her, cops said.

While the victim was chatting on her cellphone the stranger stood up and punched her multiple times in the face “without provocation or conversation,” an NYPD spokesman said.

“Why did you hit me?” the victim asked, according to cops.

“I hate Mexicans!” the assailant allegedly responded.

The attacker fled the train at the Seventh Ave. station in Park Slope, cops said. But the quick-thinking victim managed to get a cellphone photo of the suspect before she left.

The bruised woman, who suffered a cut to her upper lip, stepped off the train at the Atlantic Ave. stop and contacted police. She declined medical attention.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.

The suspect is described as Black, about 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds with a thin build and dark hair in a ponytail. She had a tattoo with roman numerals on her left arm and was wearing a black T-shirt with a basketball logo on it, blue jeans and black Crocs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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