Published: Thu, April 01, 2021

Man held over ‘disgusting’ attack on woman in NYC

Man held over ‘disgusting’ attack on woman in NYC

Police said Brandon Elliot, 38, is the man seen on video kicking and stomping the woman on Monday. The brazen attack was captured on video and released by authorities.

Following Elliot's arrest, the NYPD tweeted, "Thanks to assistance from the public and excellent investigative work by @NYPDHateCrimes Detectives, the individual wanted for Monday's assault of a 65-year-old Asian female, at 360 West 43rd St, was arrested and charged with Felony Assault as a Hate Crime".

The victim was identified as Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old woman who immigrated from the Philippines, her daughter told the New York Times.

She was discharged from the hospital Tuesday after being treated for serious injuries, a hospital spokesperson said.

NY and other U.S. cities have seen an upsurge in crimes against people of Asian descent since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with activists attributing the rise to repeated references by ex-president Donald Trump and others to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus". The post said that the organisation "condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian-American community".

On Brodsky's Instagram account, the group said that it was aware of the incident and that the staff who witnessed the account were suspended pending an investigation.

Counter to the preferred media narrative about violence against Asian Americans, which emphasizes its supposed roots in "white supremacy", Ms. Kari's attacker, like many of those arrested for attacking Asian Americans in New York City and elsewhere, is black.

The attack happened late 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".

A man can be seen punching, kicking and knocking the woman to the ground as he yelled "F-k you, you don't belong here". One of them closed the door as the assailant walked away and left the woman on the ground, the video showed.

The building's owner punished the staff members who failed to offer any aid to her. Their union said they called for help immediately. "Make noise. Call out what's happening". Immediately call for help. "Solutions best come from community, and leaders outlined additional steps that we can take to best support the safety, community, and mental health needs of those in our community and impacted by acts of hate and bias".

The man then stomps on the woman's face several times while shouting anti-Asian statements at her, police said.

Elliot is facing 25 years in prison in addition to "other consequences related to his lifetime parole" if convicted, Vance added.

A man who was caught on camera kicking an elderly Asian-American woman in the head in NY has been arrested.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called Monday's attack "disgusting". He is not suspected in Monday's attack.

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday ordered a review of how the Justice Department can best deploy its resources to combat hate crimes during a surge in incidents targeting Asian-Americans.

Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who has spearheaded legislation to combat hate crimes related to the Covid-19 pandemic, said the video embodied the lack of empathy toward Asian Americans.

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