Video shows vicious attack of Asian American woman in NY
Apr 01 2021
A parolee convicted of killing his mother almost two decades ago was arrested on charges, including felony assault as a hate crime, in an attack on an Asian American woman in New York City, police said early Wednesday.
In the video, which quickly went viral on the internet, a suspect can be seen shoving the woman to the ground, kicking her in the stomach, and repeatedly stomping on her.
Elliot-who had been living at a local hotel serving as a homeless shelter at the time of the attack-has two prior arrests: one for robbery in 2000 and another for murder of his mother, Bridget Johnson, in 2002.
Police identified the suspect as 38-year-old Brandon Elliot.
Elliot was reportedly on lifetime parole after being released from prison in 2019.
Nationwide, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by nearly 150% previous year, centered largely in cities like NY and Los Angeles.
The victim was identified as Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old woman who immigrated from the Philippines, her daughter told The New YorkTimes; the newspaper did not identify Ms Kari's daughter. The attacker was able to walk away while onlookers watched, the video showed.
She was taken NYU Langone Hospital.
Andrew Yang, the former Democratic presidential candidate who is running for New York City mayor, said in an interview with CNN that he believed the bystanders could have "done a lot of good" by interrupting the attack or seeking medical attention for the woman.
"Our union is working to get further details for a more complete account, and urge the public to avoid a rush to judgment while the facts are determined", Bragg said, adding the union "unequivocally condemn all acts of hate against the AAPI community". Immediately call for help.
The building's management company said they were suspended pending an investigation, but the workers' union said they called for help immediately.
The incident, which happened on a street in midtown Manhattan, is one among many rising hate crimes against Asian Americans. "We can't just stand back and watch a heinous act happening". "This is something where we all have to be part of the solution". Such incidents have risen dramatically since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic previous year, attacks which advocates and experts attribute in large part to xenophobic rhetoric.
On Friday, in the same neighbourhood as Monday's attack, a 65-year-old Asian American woman was accosted by a man waving an unknown object and shouting anti-Asian insults. NY city police commissioner Dermot Shea said last week that targeting anyone "because of the color of their skin, the religion they worship, their sexual preference or anything else" would not be tolerated. A 48-year-old man was arrested the following day and charged with menacing.
The NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the attack, the department said. In just the last three months, the King County Prosecutor's Office has filed three anti-Asian hate crime cases.
The attack, which took place on a sidewalk in broad daylight in Midtown Manhattan on Monday, was caught on CCTV footage from inside an adjacent building and showed bystanders seemingly looking on without intervening.
"You try to make sense of it, and you can't", NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.