News Man punches Manhattan deli clerk after asking if he’s Arabic, source says The attack happened at the Green Olive Deli in East Harlem, cops said. A man asked an East Harlem deli clerk if he was Arabic before punching him in the face on Aug. 9, a law enforcement source said. Photo Credit: NYPD By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org @ncb417 Updated August 17, 2018 8:12 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email A man punched a Manhattan deli clerk in the face after asking him if he was Arabic, a law enforcement source said. The suspect entered the Green Olive Deli on East 116th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues in East Harlem at about 9:50 a.m. on Aug. 9, police said. “Are you Arabic?” the man asked the clerk, and when the clerk said “yes,” the man punched him in the face. The clerk received medical attention at the scene, cops said. Police are investigating the assault as a possible hate crime. The NYPD released surveillance footage Friday of the man outside the deli. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. By Nicole Brown email@example.com @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.