Suspect In NYC Attack On Asian American Woman Is Arrested

Written by on March 31, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The suspect wished in an assault of an Asian American girl close to New York Metropolis’s Occasions Sq. has been arrested and charged with felony assault as a hate crime, police mentioned early Wednesday.

The arrest comes after the person was seen on video kicking and stomping the lady on Monday. In an announcement, police recognized him as Brandon Elliot, 38, and mentioned the New York Metropolis man was residing at a lodge that serves as a homeless shelter a number of blocks from the scene of the assault.

He faces fees of assault as a hate crime, tried assault as a hate crime, assault and tried assault, police mentioned. It wasn’t instantly identified whether or not he had a lawyer who may converse on his behalf.

Elliot was convicted of stabbing his mom to dying within the Bronx in 2002, when he was 19. He was launched from jail in 2019 and is on lifetime parole.

The 65-year-old girl, whose identify has not been made public, was strolling to church in midtown Manhattan, a number of blocks from Occasions Sq., when police mentioned a person kicked her within the abdomen, knocked her to the bottom, stomped on her face, shouted anti-Asian slurs and advised her, “you don’t belong right here” earlier than casually strolling away.

The girl was discharged from the hospital Tuesday after being handled for severe accidents, a hospital spokesperson mentioned.

The assault Monday was among the many newest in a nationwide spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, and occurred simply weeks after a mass taking pictures in Atlanta that left eight individuals lifeless, six of them ladies of Asian descent. The surge in violence has been linked partially to misplaced blame for the coronavirus and former President Donald Trump’s use of racially charged phrases like “Chinese language virus.”

New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio referred to as Monday’s assault “completely disgusting and outrageous.” He mentioned it was “completely unacceptable” that witnesses didn’t intervene.

“I don’t care who you might be, I don’t care what you do, you’ve bought to assist your fellow New Yorker,” de Blasio mentioned, evoking the post-9/11 mantra of “see one thing, say one thing.”

The assault occurred late Monday morning exterior an condo constructing two blocks from Occasions Sq..

Two employees contained in the constructing who seemed to be safety guards have been seen on surveillance video witnessing the assault however failing to return to the lady’s assist. One in all them was seen closing the constructing door as the lady was on the bottom. The attacker was in a position to casually stroll away whereas onlookers watched, the video confirmed.

The constructing’s administration firm mentioned they have been suspended pending an investigation. The employees’ union mentioned they referred to as for assist instantly.

“In the event you see somebody being attacked, do no matter you possibly can,” de Blasio mentioned. “Make noise. Name out what’s occurring. Go and attempt to assist. Instantly name for assist. Name 911. That is one thing the place all of us need to be a part of the answer. We will’t simply stand again and watch a heinous act occurring.”

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, mentioned the sufferer “may simply have been my mom.” He too criticized the bystanders, saying their inaction was “precisely the alternative of what we’d like right here in New York Metropolis.”

This 12 months in New York Metropolis there have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian sufferer as of Sunday, police mentioned. There have been 11 such assaults by the identical time final 12 months.

On Friday, in the identical neighborhood as Monday’s assault, a 65-year-old Asian American girl was accosted by a person waving an unknown object and shouting anti-Asian insults. A 48-year-old man was arrested the following day and charged with menacing. He’s not suspected in Monday’s assault.

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Process Drive has requested anybody with info to contact the division’s confidential sizzling line or submit suggestions on-line.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea introduced final week that the division would improve outreach and patrols in predominantly Asian communities, together with the usage of undercover officers to stop and disrupt assaults.

The neighborhood the place Monday’s assault occurred, Hell’s Kitchen, is predominantly white, with an Asian inhabitants of lower than 20%, in line with metropolis demographic information.

Shea referred to as Monday’s assault “disgusting,” telling TV station NY1: “I don’t know who assaults a 65-year-old girl and leaves her on the road like that.”

In response to a report from Cease AAPI Hate, greater than 3,795 incidents have been reported to the group from March 19, 2020, to Feb. 28. The group, which tracks incidents of discrimination, hate and xenophobia towards Asian Individuals and Pacific Islanders within the U.S., mentioned that quantity is “solely a fraction of the variety of hate incidents that really happen.”

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