People stand by during an elderly Asian woman’s attack in New York
NEW YORK (AP) – An elderly Asian American woman was assaulted Monday afternoon by a man who, according to witnesses released by the New York City Police Department, repeatedly appeared before witnesses who appeared to be standing by.
The 65-year-old woman was walking down 43rd Street when a man walked up to her, kicked her in the stomach and knocked her to the ground, the NYPD said.
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The man then stomps on the woman’s face several times while hurling anti-Asian statements at her, police said. He later casually walks away, showing the footage.
Help identify the person below who is wanted in connection with an attack. At 11:40 am on Monday, March 29th, at 360 West 43rd St, a 65-year-old woman was approached by an unidentified man who punched and kicked her in the body and made anti-Asian statements. Info? -81-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/LkwfYhMCLr
– NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 29, 2021
The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries.
According to video footage, a man in a building lobby appeared to have stopped what he was doing to watch the attack and later two more men in blazers walked into the frame and one of them closed the door when the woman was on the ground.
According to real estate website Street Easy, Brodsky Organization is the developer and manager of the building where the incident occurred.
On Brodsky’s Instagram account, the group said they were aware of the incident and the staff who witnessed the account have been suspended on an investigation. The organization also said it was working to identify a third party vendor who was also present during the attack.
The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident and has asked anyone with information to contact the department.
According to the NYPD, there have been 33 hate crimes involving an Asian victim so far this year, news outlets reported.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea previously said the agency would increase its reach and patrols in predominantly Asian communities amid the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
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In a warning to a potential attacker, Shea said, “The next person you target, whether through language, threatening activity, or anything else, walking on a sidewalk or a train station platform, may be a plainclothes officer in New York City. So think twice. “
According to a report by Stop AAPI Hate, over 3,795 incidents were reported to the organization from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021. The organization said that number was “only a fraction of the number of actual hate incidents”.
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