Authorities arrest suspect in connection with horrific attack on elderly woman, charge him with a felony hate crime. He was on lifetime parole.

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New York City police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shocking attack on an elderly Asian woman that took place on Monday in Manhattan’s Lower East Side,
Newsweek reports.

What’s a brief history?

Surveillance video captured the moment a suspect approached the victim, a 65-year-old Asian woman, and began
beating her on the sidewalk outside an apartment building.

In the video, which quickly went viral on the internet, a suspect can be seen shoving the woman to the ground, kicking her in the stomach, and repeatedly stomping on her.

According to reports, the suspect also screamed anti-Asian slurs at her and shouted, “You don’t belong here” before storming away.

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The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries and later released.

What now?

Authorities identified the suspect as 38-year-old Brandon Elliot, who was taken into custody on Wednesday morning.

He was charged with assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault, and attempted assault.

Elliot, according to reports, has been on lifetime parole after being released from prison in 2019, having been convicted of murdering his own mother in 2002.

Following Elliot’s arrest, the NYPD
tweeted, “Thanks to assistance from the public and excellent investigative work by @NYPDHateCrimes Detectives, the individual wanted for Monday’s assault of a 65-year-old Asian female, at 360 West 43rd St, was arrested and charged with Felony Assault as a Hate Crime.”

Anything else?

Two bystanders — apartment building employees — who witnessed the attack were suspended following criticism that they did not intervene in the attack.

The company that manages the building announced on Tuesday that two employees who witnessed the incident were suspended.

In an Instagram statement, the Brodsky Organization wrote, “The staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.”

Following the vicious attack, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker. … If you see someone being attacked, do whatever you can. Make noise. Call out what’s happening. Go and try and help.”

De Blasio added, “An elderly Asian woman walking the streets of Hell’s Kitchen could easily have been my mother, because that’s where we lived. So, seeing this happen in my neighborhood hit very close to home. It also was incredibly disheartening how bystanders, in this case, personnel at the building, did nothing, and apparently didn’t even go to the woman’s aid after it was clear that she was in distress. And this is exactly the opposite of what we need here in New York City.”

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