Suspect arrested in New York for violently pushing an Asian American girl
New York police arrested a man who was on tape and forcibly pushed an Asian American woman in an attack that caused community outrage, authorities said Thursday.
The NYPD’s 109th Ward said “numerous community tips” played a key role in the arrest of 47-year-old Patrick Mateo, “the suspect in the violent assault of an elderly woman on Roosevelt Avenue” in Flushing, Queens, a major international hub Asian-American community of the city.
“A prime example of community and police working together for a safer New York,” the NYPD said in a statement.
Mateo was charged with assault and harassment.
The attack occurred outside New Flushing Bakery Tuesday when 52-year-old victim Lee-Lee Chin-Yeung asked Mateo about the line outside the store, Queens prosecutors said.
The man was inexplicably enraged and later attacked Chin-Yeung, who was lifted and thrown off her feet. Chin-Yeung hit a metal newspaper rack and had stitches on his forehead, prosecutors said.
The woman’s daughter is a friend of the actor Olivia Munn, who asked her Twitter followers to catch the attacker. Crazy Rich Asians actor Ronny Chieng also tweeted footage of the attack.
Munn tweeted on Thursday about her appreciation, “This is the guy you helped find and arrest @nypd. This is the guy who attacks my friend’s mother who is a petite 5-foot-3 Chinese . F – k this guy. The internet is unbeatable. Thanks. “
It was not immediately clear on Friday whether Mateo, who was charged on Thursday evening, had hired a lawyer.
Mateo was not charged with a hate crime because he did not throw any insults to the victim and there is no immediate evidence that racial animus played a role in the attack, officials said.
Tuesday’s incident was the result of other violent crimes across the country targeting elderly Asian Americans that raised community concerns.