A Sikh American mother is speaking out after being attacked while leaving her temple in Queens, New York City.
The woman told ABC 7 NY that the attack happened on Thursday, May 12 around 12:30 p.m. She was walking home from her Sikh temple when a Black SUV approached her on 114th Street in South Richmond Hill.
According to PIX 11, a woman tried to get her into the car while another man pointed a gun at her.
The thieves took over $7,000 worth of sentimental family jewelry before letting the 51-year-old mother go.
“I’m so scared. I have so much anxiety. I don’t come out,” the woman told PIX 11.
But she is sharing her story in the hopes people will help her get justice.
This is the fifth reported attack against Sikh people in Queens since April. Four Sikh men were also attacked in three separate incidents. They believe they were attacked because they were wearing turbans.
“We are paying the price for that just because we look different,” said Harpreet Toor, of the Sikh Cultural Society. “I just tell them to be on alert, but at the same time, I’m telling them not to put yourself in the closet either, if you put yourself in the closet or you close yourself, then they’ve won. And I definitely don’t want them to win.”
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