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Serial robber targeting Asian victims in East Harlem

January 26, 2013 8:25:54 PM PST
Police swarmed an apartment building in East Harlem after they got a tip that a man fitting the description of the East Harlem attacker may have been inside.

It was a false alarm, but just shows how eager the NYPD is to catch the suspect.

The eight attack happened around 10 a.m. Saturday - another Asian woman was robbed and beaten in the elevator of her building.

The attack went down within the hour, and just blocks away from where city leaders were joining with leaders in the Asian community to address the string of violence.

"We're here to stand together against the acts of violence," said Peter Gee of Asian Americans for Equality.

Eyewitness News spoke with the first of the eight victims on Friday, who showed us where the suspect punched her in the face as he took her handbag. Now, officers are blanketing the neighborhood flyers in English and Chinese in hopes to catch the suspect.

Two of the attacks happened in buildings right next to each other, where neighbors are on the lookout for a Hispanic male, about 6-feet tall, weighing 200-240 pounds.

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