April 12, 2022 By Allie Griffin
Two Sikh men were assaulted in Richmond Hill Tuesday morning in the same location where a 70-year-old Sikh man was assaulted just over a week ago, according to residents and social media footage.
The men were reportedly attacked near the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and 95th Avenue — the same spot where the 70-year-old was punched in the face by a stranger on April 3.
Local community members shared details of today’s assault on Instagram. The NYPD, however, was unable to confirm the assault by the time of publication.
Sikh community leaders in Richmond Hill condemned the assault and called it an act of hatred.
“This is the exact fear we had when this happened last week,” Japneet Singh, local community leader and a candidate for State Senate, wrote on Instagram. “Same location, same intersection, same act of HATE.’
Singh posted a video showing the apparent aftermath of the assault. One man can be seen holding his eye and another is sitting on the sidewalk surrounded by police officers and firefighters.
The two men were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for treatment and are in good spirits, according to Singh.
Singh said the Sikh community — many of whom call Richmond Hill home — is being targeted and called on state and city leaders to address the issue.
Police are investigating the assault last week as a hate crime and have released photos of the suspect in that case. It’s unclear if the same person is responsible for both attacks.
One person has been arrested in connection to Tuesday’s attack, Singh said.