A woman was attacked by two men who punched and kicked her while making remarks about her transgender status. The attack happened in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island, SI Live reports:
Tapharia Jones, 24, of Port Richmond, and Yaqwa Jones, 20, of Stapleton, allegedly attacked the 29-year-old woman near the intersection of Prospect and Bay Streets at approximately 9:40 a.m., authorities allege.
As they kicked and punched the woman, they made multiple comments about her transgender status, according to police reports.
The victim was treated at the scene by EMS workers for minor injuries. The two men were apprehended about an hour later at the intersection of Bay Street and Slosson Terrace, police said.
Jones has 10 prior arrests. Yaqwa has seven prior arrests. Both are charged with third degree felony assault and a hate crime.