- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a New York City man is charged with robbery as a hate crime after he allegedly targeted six women of Chinese descent.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced a 36-count indictment against Manhattan resident Manuel Israel on Tuesday.

A man robbed five women, and tried to rob a sixth, in Borough Park between March 21 and April 6. Three of the victims were hurt.

Investigators say the suspect perceived the women to be vulnerable to attack because of their ethnicity.

A witness to the attempted robbery called 911 after seeing a man with his arm around the victim’s neck.

Police arrested Israel about six blocks from the scene.

His attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

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