Who is Brandon Elliot? New York man who kicked elderly Asian-American woman arrested, charged with hate crime
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: A man who was caught on camera kicking an elderly Asian-American woman in the head in New York has been arrested. Brandon Elliot, 38, who kicked the woman, 65, in the head and stomped on her several times, was arrested on Wednesday. He was charged with felony assault as a hate crime.
The victim has not been identified.
The official account of NYPD Hate Crime Task Force confirmed Elliot's arrest: "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," it 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. pic.twitter.com/ZQRVGZEAb2— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 31, 2021
As reported by the New York Post, Elliot lives in a nearby hotel that serves as a homeless shelter. He crossed paths with the woman on West 43 Street near Ninth Avenue on Monday morning, where he hurled anti-Asian abuses at her first, before attacking her. Elliott yelled "F**k you, you don’t belong here" at the woman, according to the police.
The victim's daughter's boyfriend, Luca, said he locked eyes with her as she she tried to avoid him. "She said he was walking towards her and he locked eyes with her,” he explained. "She tried to avoid him, like how people do when you walk in New York City, but he came right for her. After the first hit, she wasn’t even there," he added. The video footage shows that he kicked her to the ground and then proceeded to stomp on her several times.
The attack was caught on camera and there were several witnesses, including staff of a residential building in front of which the attack took place. However, as the footage showed, no one came forward to help her.
The Brodsky Organization, which manages the building, posted a statement on Instagram addressing the attack. The post said that the organisation "condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian-American community." And that "the staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union."
The victim suffered from a fractured pelvis and bruising on the left side of her face. She was taken NYU Langone Hospital. As per authorities, her condition was listed as stable.
Hate crimes against Asian-Americans have come under the spotlight after the Atlanta spa shootings, where most of the victims were of Asian descent.
Another attack was reported in New York within 3 hours of the aforementioned case. In the incident, a man approached a mixed-race couple, with a piece of lumber in hand at a Home Depot. He told the woman, "Why you with that little d**k Asian?" He then addressed her Asian boyfriend and threatened him, saying, "I’ll cut you, you f**king Asian,’’ according to the police. “Don’t call anyone. I’m a Blood, I’ll shoot you” he added, before fleeing.