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LIC Man Faces Hate Crime Charges for Threatening Asian-American Undercover Cop: NYPD

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April 19, 2021 By Christina Santucci

A 32-year-old Long Island City man is facing hate crime and harassment charges after he allegedly threatened an Asian police officer—who was working undercover—at a Dutch Kills subway station, the NYPD said.

Ricardo Hernandez was arrested at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the N subway platform at 31st Street and 39th Avenue. He was charged with aggravated harassment, harassment and menacing – all as hate crimes, police said.

Hernandez allegedly threatened and harassed the officer, saying, “That’s why you people are getting beat up. I got nothing to lose,” according to cops.

He also allegedly told the officer, “I will f••• you up,” and “This is my house,” a spokesperson for the NYPD said.

Hernandez appeared in Queens Criminal Court Sunday and was released from custody, his lawyer said. He is scheduled to return to court in July, according to court records.

His attorney declined to comment on the case.

The NYPD started sending out undercover officers from the Asian Hate Crime Task Force in March to combat the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

Between Jan. 1 and April 4, there were 39 hate crimes against Asians reported in New York City – up from 28 during the same period in 2020, NBC reported.

Western Queens residents held a rally to denounce Anti Asian violence in Sunnyside March 5 (Photo: Queens Post)

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Linda Corradetti Rogers

I was born in a house on Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside. I grew up with people from everywhere, including my grandparents who came to N.Y in the early 1940’s from Germany. How wonderful it was learning about life in countries from all over the world. My sympathy and respect to all residents of Sunnyside who have to face and live with racism on a daily basis. I moved to Ca. at the age of 26, and I am now retired an living the “Ca. Life” in San Diego. My parents sold the Skillman Ave home in 1990 after moving to the Poconos.


He got off with NO BAIL ..THE JUDGE SAID HIS HANDS WERE TIEF. He wanted to gove him bail. His court date is July. 20.

No problem

How long was he in jail in and out roaming the streets a couple hours after arrest
Thank you politicians
Every ny politician should be forced to ride public transportation all the time with out security things would change fast

Marty B

WTH was Hernandez released for a trial not going to take place until July? In those months he can do a lot more harm than “ just” hurling epithets at a plainclothesman


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