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Man arrested, charged with 'felony assault as a hate crime' after brutal beating of Asian woman in NYC

Warning: the video is disturbing.

3/31/2021 UPDATE — New York City police have made an arrest in a brutal beating that made national headlines.

Brandon Elliot, 38, is allegedly the man caught on camera attacking a 65-year-old Asian woman on a NYC sidewalk, CBS New York reported Wednesday. The attack happened as the victim was walking to church.

Police said the suspect lives at a homeless shelter and was already on lifetime parole for previous convictions, including the killing of his mother.

He’s now charged with felony assault as a hate crime, NYPD Hate Crimes tweeted.

This is a breaking update. Original story follows.


NEW YORK — The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an assault that is the latest attack on an Asian New Yorker.

The attack was caught on surveillance video late Monday morning, showing a man kicking an Asian woman to the ground and stomping on her several times, CBS New York reported. The suspect allegedly made the comment, “You don’t belong here,” and then ran off.

CBS reported the victim was a 65-year-old woman who was on her way to church. She was hospitalized with serious injuries.

NYPD tweeted the man's photos in hopes that someone will be able to turn him in.

The New York Times reported that video of the attack has drawn widespread attention — and not just because of the attack itself.

(Warning: the video is disturbing)

The video also showed a building worker standing in a nearby lobby — they apparently did not want to intervene, according to reports. As the attacker fled, the worker closed the lobby's front door as the victim was still lying on the ground.

The management company for the luxury apartments released a statement Tuesday that said the workers who witnessed the attack were suspended as the investigation continued.

Not the only attack that day

The attack on the woman was one of two attacks on Asians reported in the city on Monday. A man was also attacked and left unconscious on a Brooklyn subway, according to multiple reports.

NYPD also tweeted a video of that attack, looking for leads so they can investigate and make an arrest.

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