"I was furious because I'm half-Chinese, so the smartest decision I made was pulling that alarm"
An elderly Asian woman was assaulted and robbed by a racist Toronto subway passenger.
As reported by HuffPost Canada, an elderly Asian woman was seen being robbed and attacked by a racist Toronto subway passenger who told her to “go back to China”.
Canadian Armed Forces member Margaret Anthony, 33, videoed the incident that occurred on a train near the city’s Eglinton West station on Saturday.
In Anthony’s clip, a woman in a black T-shirt is seen engaging in a confrontation with an elderly Asian woman, who is known as nurse Marilyn.
“Stop assaulting her! Leave her alone!” Anthony is heard yelling in the video.
The woman in the black T-shirt is heard shouting “I just want her to delete the video of me,” before running off the train with the elderly woman’s phone.
Speaking to HuffPost, Anthony said, “when I heard the young girl yell ‘go back to China,’ I was furious because I’m half-Chinese, so the smartest decision I made was pulling that alarm.”
According to Anthony, the confrontation occurred after the woman in the black T-shirt asked a man for a cigarette. She then assumed Marilyn was filming her and demanded she delete the video.
“I couldn’t stand idly by and listen to her speak this way,” Anthony added.
Toronto police Const. Caroline de Kloet said officers have spoken to the victim and are investigating it as a robbery.
A spokesperson from Toronto Transit Commission said it condemns the the incident in the “strongest terms” and is assisting the police.