#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: They said Mr Elliot, who was living at a hotel that serves as a homeless shelter a few blocks from the scene of the attack, was released from prison in 2019 and on lifetime parole.
New York City police arrest suspect in brutal bashing of Asian-American woman: Police said Brandon Elliot, 38, was the man seen on video kicking and stomping on the woman on Monday.
Posted Yesterday at 12:50pm, updated 12h ago
He was convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx in 2002, when he was 19.
He faces charges of assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault in the attack, police said.
It wasn’t immediately known whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Mr Elliot was due to be arraigned on Wednesday (local time) on two charges of second-degree assault as a hate crime and one count of first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said at a news briefing.
“Mr Elliot is accused of brutally shoving, kicking and stomping a 65-year-old mother to the ground after telling her that she didn’t belong here,” Mr Vance said.
“There is no place for these atrocious acts of anti-Asian violence in New York.”
Mr Vance added that his office has more than a dozen open cases and ongoing investigations into apparent hate incidents against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community since the start of this year.
The New York Police Department said its Hate Crimes Task Force had been looking for the assailant since Monday afternoon (local time) and found Mr Elliot through an investigation that included social media and community tips.
Mr Elliot, who was on lifetime parole after serving a prison term for murdering his mother, was arrested without incident at his residence in New York City on Tuesday, police said.
Victim discharged from hospital after ‘unnecessary assault’
The victim was identified as Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old woman who immigrated from the Philippines, her daughter told The New York Times; the newspaper did not identify Ms Kari’s daughter.
She was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday after being treated for serious injuries, a hospital spokesperson said.
“We want to extend our sincere well wishes and speedy recovery to the elderly lady for this unnecessary assault,” Wellington Chen, executive director of New York City’s Chinatown Partnership, said.
“Hope this arrest gives her and her family a bit of relief.”
Police on Tuesday had blanketed the midtown Manhattan neighbourhood with wanted posters and offered a $US2,500 ($3,282) reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the man seen on surveillance video brutalising the woman. Loading
The attack on Monday was among the latest in a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, and happened just weeks after a mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent.
The surge in violence has been linked in part to misplaced blame for the coronavirus and former president Donald Trump’s use of racially charged terms like “Chinese virus”.
US President Joe Biden has deplored the surge in anti-Asian violence, saying last week that “hate can have no safe harbour in America”.
Witnesses called out for failing to act
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday’s attack “absolutely disgusting and outrageous”.
He said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that witnesses did not intervene.
“I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker,” Mr de Blasio said, evoking the post-9/11 mantra of “see something, say something”.
The attack happened late on Monday morning outside an apartment building two blocks from Times Square, a bustling, heavily policed section of midtown Manhattan known as the “Crossroads of the World”.
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Two workers inside the building who appeared to be security guards were seen on surveillance video witnessing the attack but failing to come to the woman’s aid.
One of them was seen closing the building door as the woman was on the ground.
The attacker was able to casually walk away while onlookers watched, the video showed.
The building’s management company said they were suspended pending an investigation. The workers’ union said they called for help immediately.
“If you see someone being attacked, do whatever you can,” Mr de Blasio said.
“Make noise. Call out what’s happening. Go and try and help. Immediately call for help. Call 911.
“This is something where we all have to be part of the solution. We can’t just stand back and watch a heinous act happening.”
This year in New York City there have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim as of Sunday, police said. There were 11 such attacks by the same time last year.
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