A man brutally attacked a 65-year-old Asian woman in broad daylight in Midtown Manhattan on Monday, stomping her several times and reportedly yelling racial remarks, the New York City Police Department said. It's the latest in a string of anti-Asian hate crimes occurring across the country in recent weeks.
What are the details?
The attack occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m. right outside an apartment building at 360 W. 43rd St., according to WABC-TV reporter CeFaan Kim, who first reported the news.
Surveillance footage from inside the apartment building released to the media showed the assailant brutally attacking the elderly Asian woman without provocation. The woman was reportedly on her way to church when the assault occurred.
As he kicked her to the ground and proceeded to repeatedly stomp the defenseless woman's head against the pavement, the assailant is said to have yelled, "F*** you, you don't belong here," according to witnesses.
NYPD says 65-year-old Asian American woman was walking to church this morning when suspect assaulted her and said “… https://t.co/QEEc7OCPc9— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim) 1617065525.0
According to WABC-TV, the woman was taken to a nearby hospital with "swelling to the face and pain in the left leg." She is said to be in stable condition.
A hate crime investigation has reportedly been launched into the incident, and the NYPD is asking the public for help identifying the assailant.
He closed door on helpless victim. She was punched and kicked causing her to fall. He then kicked her multiple time… https://t.co/BCofP6mf5Y— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaan Kim) 1617065558.0
As the vicious attack unfolded, multiple staff inside the apartment building appeared to stand idly by, failing to come to the woman's aid. One of the individuals — reportedly a security guard — slowly closed the door on her as the attacker walked away.
In a since-deleted tweet, the NYPD's Asian Hate Crimes unit wrote, "The cold hearted building security guard not only failed to render aid, he closed the door on the victim," according to WABC-TV.
In a statement following the incident, the Brodsky Organization, the company that owns the apartment building, announced it had suspended the staff members who witnessed the attack.
"The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community," the company stated. "The staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union."
The incident immediately sparked outcry on social media, and even before police released video, elected officials had convened in Queens to condemn the attack.
"Asian Americans for too long in this country have been shamefully scapegoated because of ignorant fear," New York Rep. Grace Meng said. "That is the history of this country."
A wave of violence against Asian Americans has been reported across the country over the last several weeks, including the heinous murder of eight people who worked at three different day spas in the Atlanta area in mid-March. Six of the eight victims in the shooting spree were of Asian descent.