August 1, 2021

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‘Downtown Karen’ accused of harassing people today, luring pet dog into oncoming site visitors

Reduce MANHATTAN (WABC) — A sufferer is speaking out exclusively to Eyewitness News following he was the target of an assault by a lady who has been dubbed “Downtown Karen” for her harassing habits.

The woman has been acknowledged to goal victims, precisely Asians, around South Street Seaport for a when.

Two current incidents were caught on camera exactly where the woman can be read spewing racial hate and making an attempt to entice the victim’s dog into oncoming targeted visitors.

Clapping her hands and functioning on to the FDR failed to do the job when. But the 58-year-previous female received the victim’s cockapoo Boba to run to her the next time.

Andy Keung suggests he stopped by the heliport to adjust his puppy’s collar on July 3 all-around 9:30 a.m. when he was accosted by the lady.

“Telling me to go back to my country, choose Boba back again to my nation… Boba and I are born and bred New Yorkers — we don’t have an additional state to go back again to so I really don’t know what she’s talking about,” Yang mentioned.

A bystander obtained involved when she listened to that remark and asked why she was harassing the gentleman going for walks his pet dog.

She then designed a comment about the canine not becoming on a leash.

“You put it out there that you can insult an individual who is of Asian descent and then instigate the puppies to operate in the middle of the street mainly because of your personal theory — or whatever cause,” the bystander mentioned. “Who are you? Depart these people on your own.”

The NYPD is investigating a second criticism from one more downtown doggy proprietor who shared a video clip of her encounter with the identical girl from the early morning of July 7.

In that video, the lady also yelled at the victim about the puppy on the grass.

“No puppies on the grass,” the woman stated in the online video. “Your dog is not on a leash and, oh, you are unable to read English seemingly.”

The victim explained to police the female spit on her and that’s when a witness intervened.

The Hate Crimes Task Power is searching into the two incidents as a possible hate crime.

“Justice is just obtaining the word out about ‘Downtown Karen’ and just notifying the community that she’s harassing folks,” Keung claimed.

Eyewitness Information known as, texted and left messages with the suspect who neighbors say is an anesthesiologist. There was no comment from her on her side of the tale.

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