A 68-year-old Asian woman was sucker punched while collecting an item on the sidewalk outside a flower shop in Lower Manhattan.

The details: The incident happened on Tuesday at around 10 p.m. on Mulberry Street, according to ABC7.

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  • The unidentified male assailant approached the victim and punched her in the face.

  • Police said no exchange occurred between the suspect and the victim, adding the attack was unprovoked.

  • The victim suffered swelling and pain from the attack but refused medical attention.

  • The suspect reportedly fled the scene after the attack.

  • The hate crime task force has been notified and an investigation is underway.

Authorities say there have been 109 anti-Asian attacks in New York City between Jan. 1 and July 25.

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