Police search for suspect in attacks on Asian-Americans

Police search for suspect in attacks on Asian-Americans

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The NYPD has identified the man they believe is responsible for a series of brutal attacks on Asian Americans in Manhattan.

"(In) the eight robberies and assaults, all of the victims were Asian. All were struck- nose broken, teeth broken; money and cell phones were taken," NYPD Cmsr. Ray Kelly told Good Day New York on Monday.

Kelly showed viewers a photo of Jason Commisso. The suspect has a long rap sheet including more than 30 arrests, said Kelly.

Commisso allegedly targeted Asian-Americans in East Harlem and parts of the Upper East Side since January 17th

Over the past week, the suspect assaulted six Asian-American residents by repeatedly punching them in the face and head and forcefully removing their property in elevators, said police.

The latest incident took place on Friday when two Asian-American residents were assaulted.  

Community members joined by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito held a press conference Saturday morning in East Harlem to denounce the crimes saying this kind of violence will not be tolerated.

Initial descriptions of the suspect describe him as a light-skinned, black or Hispanic male, 6'0"- 6'2", 200 - 230 lbs.

He was wearing a black jacket and a black doo-rag or skull cap. 

Crime Stoppers is currently offering up to $2,000 in cash for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for these crimes. 

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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