After a shocking attack on an Asian American woman, a suspect has been arrested in Manhattan. On Monday, a currently unidentified woman in Manhattan was brutally attacked by a man who was caught on cellphone cameras. The man in the footage violently shoves the victim to the ground before aggressively stomping on her head and chest. In the video, the woman is not seen getting back up after the attack.
According to authorities, the victim was admitted to the hospital and is expected to be fine. However, police are investigating the attack as a hate crime, as the perpetrator was heard to shout anti-Asian insults like “you don’t belong here” at the victim during the attack.
Police have arrested a suspect, 38-year-old Brandon Elliot. Elliot was arrested in 2002 for the stabbing death of his mother, for which he was found guilty of murder. He was only recently released, and will be on parole for the rest of his life. Elliot is now facing two charges of assault as a hate crime for his alleged attack in Manhattan.
Should Elliot be found guilty of the charges, he would face 25 years in prison, as well as other punishments relating to his parole. Police identified Elliot through the help of tips from people who saw the attack or its footage. He was staying a few blocks away, at a hotel that has been converted to a partial homeless shelter.
Footage of the attack shocked numerous groups. Activist groups, Asian Americans and much of the general public has expressed horror at the racial motivation and hyper-violence present in the unprovoked attack. Many Asian Americans have pointed out that this is part of a disturbing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States.
Part of the outrage over the attack centered around the inaction of all onlookers to the incident. The attack took place in a crowded area, in broad daylight, outside an apartment complex. Footage of the attack shows two of the apartment workers looking on, closing the door on the victim after the attacker walks away.
“The reports of a brutal assault on an Asian American woman in Midtown are absolutely horrifying and repugnant,” stated Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York. “We are all New Yorkers — no matter how we look or what language we speak — and we must always look out for one another and help those who need it.”