Elderly Asian woman’s attacker arrested for ‘very disturbing’ hate crime

In the video below, you'll see a disturbing scene where an elderly Asian woman is violently attacked, but the people watching do nothing.

NEW YORK (KLKN)- New York City police announced early Wednesday morning that they’ve arrested the man who can be seen (above) attacking an elderly Asian woman on Monday in Midtown Manhattan.

NYPD Hate Crimes tweeted that he was arrested and charged with Felony Assault as a Hate Crime.

NYPD said the woman was punched and kicked by her unknown assailant who allegedly made anti-Asian statements at her.

At a time when America is seeing an uptick in violence against the Asian community, especially those more vulnerable, the elderly, the incident was captured on surveillance video and released by the NYPD (above).

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In one of their earlier news releases, NYPD said the man “proceeded to kick the victim multiple times in the head before fleeing the location,” as you can see clearly in the footage.

Police say the woman was taken to the hospital in stable condition but sustained a serious physical injury.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, speaking on CNN affiliate NY1 on Tuesday, called this most recent attack “very disturbing.”

“It’s really disgusting when you see the video,” he said. We’re calling on all New Yorkers, anyone with information, we put out a pretty good picture of the, the individual that we want to talk to that was seen walking away, and you just try to make sense of it…and you can’t,” he said.

The incident happened in front of an apartment complex owned by the Brodsky Organization, NYPD said.

Another disturbing part of this video is the bystanders who, as we can see in the security video, don’t react to the attack. The Brodsky Organization issued a statement saying in part that “the staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.”

It also said it was “also working to identify a third-party delivery vendor present during the incident so that appropriate action can be taken.”

NYPD announced a new initiative recently to put Asian cops undercover to help end the increasing violence against Asians in America, Shea says they started deploying Friday night.

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“We’re putting heavy, heavy uniform presence as well,” amid predominantly Asian communities in the city and through the transit system as well.

New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, called the attack “disgusting” and “outrageous” and asked anyone with information about the attacker to come forward.

“We continue to see these horrible disgusting attacks on Asian American New Yorkers and it’s got to end and we’re going to use every tool we have,” he said during his daily briefing Tuesday.
De Blasio said that while the city is “not where we need to be” in terms of combating hate toward Asians he is confident “a lot of the right tools are there.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD in the investigation.
“Violence against our Asian American community is, unfortunately, becoming an epidemic in our state and across this nation, and it must stop now,” Cuomo said. “These abhorrent acts of hate have absolutely no place in our state, and we all must stand together as one united voice to denounce hate and violence in all its forms, whenever and wherever we see it.”

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