New York police have arrested a suspect who allegedly attacked an Asian American woman near New York City’s Times Square — an attack that made national headlines over the last week, The Associated Press reports.
What happened in New York?
- Eventually, the police arrested Brandon Elliot, who is “a parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago.”
- Elliot faces charges of felony assault as a hate crime for the attack.
What did the video show?
- Per The New York Times, the viral video shows the woman, identified as 65-year-old Vilma Kari, “walking down a street near Times Square when a man, in broad daylight, suddenly kicked her in the stomach.”
- “She crumpled to the sidewalk. He kicked her once in the head. Then again. And again,” The New York Times reports.
- A police official told The New York Times that the man yelled an obscenity at her and then told her, “You don’t belong here.”
The New York Police Department posted the video on social media, asking for any tips of information from people about the assault.
🚨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
Attacks on Asian Americans
President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he plans to combat racism against Asian Americans by “increasing accessibility to hate crime data, requiring new training for local police and establishing nearly $50 million in grants to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who face language barriers,” according to The New York Times.