New York Police Arrest Man Who Attacked Asian Woman In Hate Crime Case

New York police announced on Wednesday the 31st that they had arrested a suspect for assaulting a 65-year-old Asian woman. The attack was filmed and had repercussions on social media, amid an increase in hate crimes against Asians and their descendants in the United States. The assailant was identified as Brandon Elliot, 38, who has already been convicted of killing his own mother.

In the images, it is possible to see the man kicking the victim, lying on the floor, without receiving help from people around him. The case occurred on Monday near Times Square in midtown Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD) in a statement. According to the New York Post, no one called 911 to report the assault.

Elliot, who was on probation after serving a prison sentence for murdering his mother, faces several counts of assault and hate crimes, police said. The NYPD said its Hate Crime Force had been looking for the attacker since Monday afternoon. Police said the attacker was heard making anti-Asian statements during the attack.

According to the New York Times, the victim was identified as Vilma Kari, an immigrant from the Philippines. She suffered a fractured pelvis.

There was an increase in reported hate crimes against Asian Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic. Former President Donald Trump often referred to the new coronavirus as the “China virus” and the “China plague”.

These crimes increased 149% in 2020 in 16 major cities compared to 2019, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

Concern over anti-Asian hate crimes increased when six Asian women were among eight people shot to death this month in the Atlanta area spas. A 21-year-old man was charged with the murders. The police have not yet determined the reason.

President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday announced a set of measures in response to anti-Asian violence in the United States, including the $ 49.5 million deployment of Covid-19 relief funds for US community programs that help the victims.

In Monday’s attack in New York, a security video showed witnesses inside the lobby of a building, apparently watching the attack, but without helping the woman. A man closed the front door as the attacker walked away.

The Brodsky Organization, which owns and operates the building, said it has suspended two employees while it and a union of employees are investigating the response to the attack.

“We take this situation very seriously and are committed to strengthening internal training and working with our community to ensure the safety of our residents and neighbors,” said the Brodsky Organization in a statement.

“It was horrible to watch – someone standing there and turning around instead of trying to intervene in some way,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Wednesday.

New York police are also investigating an attack on a subway train last week against a young man who appeared to be Asian. The attack was captured in another widely viewed video. Police commissioner Dermot Shea said the man, who was knocked unconscious after being beaten and smothered, had yet to report the crime.

“We have come a long way (in the investigation) in this crime,” said Shea on TV PIX-11. “I can’t go into details. We ask anyone with information to come forward.”

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