NY man who killed his mother arrested in attack on Asian woman

Clay Curtis
April 1, 2021

Elliot will be arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on two counts of second-degree assault as a hate crime and one count of first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said in a news conference Wednesday.

Elliot-who had been living at a local hotel serving as a homeless shelter at the time of the attack-has two prior arrests: one for robbery in 2000 and another for murder of his mother, Bridget Johnson, in 2002.

They say the workers did call for help immediately, and are asking people to avoid rushing to judgement until all of the facts are determined.

Police said they also are investigating the assault and choking of an Asian man on the city subway, after a Twitter user, @AsianDawn4, published a video of the victim being punched by a man dressed in all black, PIX 11 reported.

New York City has already seen a rise in the number of hate crime directed at Asian Americans.

The attack happened just weeks after a mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent, and just a few days after a 65-year-old Asian American woman in the same midtown Manhattan neighborhood was threatened and heckled with anti-Asian slurs.

San Francisco police on Tuesday arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of threatening and stalking an Asian woman working at a bakery store on at least two occasions.

According to police, the man said, "F-- you".

"The information we have at the moment is that the door staff, members of SEIU 32BJ, called for help immediately".

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Monday's attack "horrifying and repugnant" and he ordered a state police hate crimes task force to offer its assistance to the NYPD.

The review is aimed at determining how the Justice Department can better prioritize investigations and prosecutions, increase and track reporting of hate crimes and other incidents that could violate federal law and use civil remedies to address bias incidents that don´t amount to federal hate crimes.

NYPD Detective Michael Rodriguez said there were no 911 calls for the incident and patrol officers drove by and came up on the victim after she was assaulted. No arrests have been made. She was in stable condition on Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson said. They contend that a video clip focusing on the suspect and the assault was "unfortunately cut to inadvertently exclude the compassionate action" taken by the staff, which they said included giving the victim aid and alerting medics.

He said it was "absolutely unacceptable" that witnesses did not intervene.

"I don't know who attacks a 65-year-old woman and leaves her on the street like that", he said.

"You try to make sense of it, and you can't", NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

The organization, which tracks incidents of discrimination, hate and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the USA, said that number is "only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur".

According to STOP AAPI Hate National Report, over 3,795 incidents were received from March 19, 2020, to February 28, 2021.

The organization said the number was "only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur".

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