Caribbean Fever - Your ONLY destination to all things Caribbean and more
An arrest has been made in the case of the 65-year-old Asian woman in New York City on Monday who was verbally and physically assaulted in an unprovoked attack that captured via surveillance video.
On Wednesday, Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault, the New York City Police Department confirmed to NPR.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea described Elliot in a tweet as “a parolee out on supervised release.”
Elliot history as a criminal dates back to 2000 for robbery and 2002 for murder, according to police. Elliot was convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx when he was 19, and is on lifetime parole after being released from prison in 2019, according to an AP report.
Who knows, maybe Elliot is one of people who’ve discovered they might be better off in prison that on the outside which may have led him to take the alleged actions he took against the victim. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said at a Wednesday afternoon news briefing that Elliot would be arraigned today (03-31-21) in criminal court. If convicted, he said, Elliot would face up to 25 years in prison, as well as “other consequences related to his lifetime parole.”
The victim, identified by the NY Times as Vilma Kari, was hospitalized at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan with a fractured pelvis and head contusion, according to media reports. A hospital official says that she was discharged on Tuesday.
The NY Times also noted that Kari immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines several decades ago.
The video of the attack, which has gone viral, also appears to show apartment staff watching the attack without intervening, then closing the door on the woman as she attempted to stand up.
In New York another Asian person, an elderly female, has been beaten in broad daylight by a stocky-built man, but what’s really sad is that no one even tried to help.
The incident happened on Monday in Midtown Manhattan. The 65-year-old woman was on her way to church, when out of nowhere a complete stranger kicks her down to the ground and starts stomping her out. And just like that he leaves the scene as if nothing happened, but it was all captured on a surveillance camera.
The man made anti-Asian statements like, “F*** you, you don’t belong here.” The man has yet to be identified or arrested, but cops are on the lookout — and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, reports TMZ.
The victim suffered a broken pelvis, as well as injuries to her head and leg. However, she’s been released from the hospital.
Like that’s not bad enough … the video appears to show men observing this all from inside the lobby of a nearby building just feet away from the action. Not one of them springs up to help the woman, and one of them seems to close the door after the attacker splits.
And because the members of the building staff who witnessed the violent attack did nothing to help the woman, they have been suspended … according to the Brodsky Organization, the company that manages the building, according to a TMZ update.
Additionally, he company says an investigation in conjunction with the workers’ union is underway, and it’s also trying to ID a third-party vendor who was present during the incident so “appropriate action can be taken.”