Suspect Arrested in New York Attack on Asian Woman

Asian American woman, 65, assaulted in NY as others watch

Asian American woman, 65, assaulted in NY as others watch

A MAN HAS been arrested over a brutal attack on an Asian American woman in New York City and charged with assault as a hate crime.

In captured surveillance video, Brandon Elliot is allegedly seen kicking a 65-year-old Asian woman to the ground and stomping on her several times.

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".

An individual described in reports as a security guard - seems unwilling to render aid to the woman, and instead closes the door after the attack.

The video also shows a man, who appears to be a delivery worker, watching the attack unfold from inside the building.

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.

"I might as well say it, so no one on the other side can say, 'We didn't know you took racial brutality against Filipinos at all seriously.' We do", Locsin said.

"Make noise - call out what's happening". Immediately call for help. "We can't just stand back and watch a heinous act happening".

Earlier this month, six women of Asian descent were killed when a shooter attacked three Asian-owned spas in Atlanta.

This year in New York City there have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim as of Sunday, police said. Such incidents have risen dramatically since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago, attacks which advocates and experts attribute in large part to xenophobic rhetoric.

A man holds a sign at an Asian American anti-violence press conference on Tuesday, outside the building where a 65-year-old Asian woman was physically and verbally attacked in New York City.

A 48-year-old man was arrested the next day and charged with menacing.

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The Post, citing police, reported that the suspect yelled anti-Asian statements while he beat the woman. He "made anti-Asian statements" towards the victim, police said.

The woman attacked Monday was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Still, the apparent inaction of multiple bystanders as shown on the video clip struck a nerve, with many social media users and public officials speaking out in shock and horror.

The property developer and manager of the building, Brodsky Organization, wrote on Instagram that it was aware of the assault and said staff members who witnessed it were suspended pending an investigation.

"Go and try and help, immediately call for help".

"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", said the union leader.

President Joe Biden tweeted Tuesday that he was taking "additional steps" in the wake of rising violence against Asian-Americans, including "establishing an initiative" at the justice department to address anti-Asian crimes.

Citing a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, the NYPD said last week that it will increase outreach and patrols in Asian communities, including the use of undercover officers, in an effort to prevent and disrupt attacks.

The neighborhood where Monday's attack occurred, Hell's Kitchen, is predominantly white, with an Asian population of less than 20 per cent, according to city demographic data.

According to STOP AAPI Hate National Report, over 3,795 incidents were received from March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021.

Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez said the victim is Filipino American.

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