A convicted murderer out on parole has been apprehended after he allegedly carried out a gruesome beating on a random Asian woman who was walking to church.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the incident happened in Manhattan on Monday near West 43rd Street and Ninth Avenue, when a male started yelling racist slurs at a 65-year-old Asian woman who was on her way to church. Police described the victim as “petite.”
“F–k you, you don’t belong here,” the man reportedly yelled.
As the attack unfolded, the building staff members were caught on security footage observing the beating. One of the staff members closed the building door without offering assistance to the victim.
The victim, identified as Filipino American, Vilma Kari, was eventually taken to an area hospital with a fractured pelvis.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: Do you know this guy? On 3/29/21 at approx 11:40 AM, in front of 360 W 43 St in Manhattan, the suspect punched and kicked a 65-year-old woman while making anti-Asian statements. Any info? DM @NYPDTips or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/WRE4kSHtRG
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 30, 2021
MailOnline reports that on Tuesday, the management company for the building – the Brodsky Organization – said that the two employees have been “suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.”
Authorities captured Brandon Elliot, 38, on Wednesday, The New York Times reports. He’s been charged with attempted assault “as a hate crime,” assault, and attempted assault.
According to court documents, Elliot was convicted of murder after stabbing his mother to death in 2002. He was released on parole in 2019.
Authorities said that this year alone, at least 33 hate crimes have happened against Asian people in NYC, Yahoo News reports. Last week, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that a “robust team” of undercover officers are undergoing training to help combat anti-Asian violence.
“The next person you target, whether it’s through speech, menacing activity, or anything else, walking along a sidewalk or on a train platform, may be a plainclothes New York City police officer. So think twice,” Shea said.
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[Feature Photo via NYPD CrimeStoppers]