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Report: 70-year-old Asian American woman punched in face while walking in Chinatown

The alleged assault occurred on April 2.

The Chinatown Gate seen from Beach Street. Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe, File
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A 70-year-old Asian American woman is speaking out about being punched in the face as she walked in Boston’s Chinatown earlier this month. 

The woman, a Somerville resident, told NECN she was in the neighborhood on April 2, walking on Harrison Avenue after visiting a bakery, when a stranger punched her, leaving her with a black eye.

“He just walked up and punched,” the woman, whose name was not released, told the station.

She described the suspect in her assault as a 5-foot-11, middle-aged white man, according to NECN.

“My initial reaction was run away from him as soon as possible because I don’t want to have a second punch,” she said. 

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According to the station, Boston police detectives and the department’s Civil Rights Unit are investigating. The department is also reportedly assigning more Chinese-speaking officers to the area in response to the recent uptick in violent incidents.

The Somerville woman said it was important for her to file a police report. 

“If you never report it, then how do they know? They’ll never know,” she said. 

If the suspect in her assault is ever located, the 70-year-old told NECN she doesn’t want him to go to jail. 

“If I see him, I will forgive him,” she said. “I will pray for him.”

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