NYPD arrest suspects leading to the assaulting of an Asian woman

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NEW YORK: Police in New York on Wednesday arrested a suspect for assaulting a 65-year-old Asian-American woman, an incident that has sparked outrage amid a surge of anti-Asian violence in the United States.

New York Police Department said officers arrested Brandon Elliot, 38, of New York City, who faces charges of assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault. 

Elliot was convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx in 2002, when he was 19, online court records show. He was released from prison in 2019 and is on lifetime parole.

The attack occurred before noon Monday outside a luxury apartment building in Midtown Manhattan. The suspect hurled anti-Asian sentiments and assaulted the 65-year-old woman, police said.

Surveillance video from inside the building captured images of the assault showing a man kicking and stomping the woman. In the video, staff inside the building do not immediately appear to intervene, though a union representative said they called for help.

The incident was part of an increase in hate crimes reported against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Former President Donald Trump often referred to the novel coronavirus as the “China virus” and the “China plague.”

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

Concerns over anti-Asian hate crimes were heightened when six Asian women were among eight people fatally shot this month at Atlanta-area spas. A 21-year-old man was charged with the murders. Police have yet to determine a motive.

President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday announced a set of measures responding to anti-Asian violence in the United States, including deploying $49.5 million from COVID-19 relief funds for U.S. community programs that help victims.

Source: Geo.tv


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