Suspect In Brutal Attack on 65-Year-Old Asian Woman Has Been Arrested

A man suspected in the brutal attack on a 65-year-old Filipino woman in broad daylight in Manhattan Monday has been arrested, according to the New York City Police Department.

The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Brandon Elliot, according to a tweet by New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. He was charged Wednesday with two counts of assault as a hate crime as well as attempted assault as a hate crime, assault, and attempted assault, according to a police spokesperson. 

Surveillance footage depicting Monday’s attack showed the woman being forcefully kicked to the sidewalk and repeatedly stomped on as bystanders watched. 

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It wasn’t immediately clear if Elliot has an attorney. He was already on lifetime parole after he was convicted of murdering his mother in 2002, according to WNBC in New York. Elliot, who was released from prison in 2019, was also living in a hotel that also serves as a homeless shelter, according to USA Today. 

The hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood just a few blocks from where the attack occurred, according to the Associated Press. 

That beating, during which the woman was allegedly told “You don’t belong here,” stoked outrage after a persistent, disturbing wave of anti-Asian violence across the country. Just in New York City alone, there have been at least 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim so far this year, compared to 11 attacks with Asian victims by the same time last year, according to WNBC. 

People were also seen apparently failing to act on apartment surveillance footage: A security guard at the luxury building closed the door. The man then walked away.

“I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. 

Building employees who witnessed the attack have been suspended, according to the New York Times, although a union representing staff members, 32BJ SEIU, has said the door employees immediately called for help. 

The woman, identified as Vilma Kari, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and discharged Tuesday, according to WNBC. 

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