A man was arrested and charged early Wednesday in the brutal New York City attack on a 65-year-old Asian woman that occurred on Sunday. The suspect has been identified by NYPD as Brandon Elliot, 38, who was convicted of killing his mother in 2002.
Elliot, who has been charged with "two counts of assault as a hate crime and one count each of attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault," according to local news, was released from prison in November 2019 and placed on lifetime parole.
NYPD reports that Elliot had fatally stabbed his own mother in 2002, but did not give additional information either as regards the murder or the conditions of his release.
The attack on the woman in New York on Sunday was caught on surveillance video. In that video of the horrifying incident, a 65-year-old Asian woman can be seen walking down the sidewalk. As she passes by store front, the suspect, now known to be Elliot, can be seen forcibly assaulting her, and knocking her to the ground. The suspect then began to kick the elderly Asian women repeatedly in the head.
As the suspect brutally assaulted the woman he yelled "F*ck you, you don't belong here," according to ABC7 NY.
Footage captured in the surveillance video shows nearby security guards failing to render aid as the elderly woman lies lifeless on the ground.
The New York Hate Crimes Task Force tweeted a description of the suspect and asked the public to help identify the man in connection with the assault.
"Help identify the below individual wanted in connection to an assault. On Monday, March 29th at 11:40 AM, at 360 West 43rd St, a female, 65, was approached by an unidentified male who punched and kicked her about the body and made anti-Asian statements," NYPD Hate Crimes requested.
The New York Post reported that the building staff, that did not come to the aid of the woman, has been suspended. They reported that the staff witnessed the attack, yet did nothing. The staff can be seen in the video of the attack simply standing around.
The building is managed by the Brodsky Organization, which released a statement saying that it "condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian-American community."
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