Suspected hate crime attacker who beat Asian woman in NYC arrested, cops say
The man who beat an Asian woman to the ground then kicked her in the head in a brutal, caught-on-camera hate attack in Midtown earlier this week was arrested by police early Wednesday morning, cops said.
Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Wednesday and hit with a number of charges, including assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime, police said.
Elliot lives in a nearby hotel that serves as a homeless shelter, according to cops.
He allegedly beat a 65-year-old woman after hurling anti-Asian statements at her on West 43 Street near Ninth Avenue on Monday morning, cops said.
Several witnesses from a nearby residential building — including workers employed there — did nothing to stop the beating, video of the assault shows.
Staff members were suspended by the building after the attack — and the lack of response — drew national outrage.
“The staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union,” a statement by building management said. “The Brodsky Organization is also working to identify a third-party delivery vendor present during the incident so that appropriate action can be taken.”
On Tuesday, the victim’s daughter’s boyfriend told The Post that her attacker “locked eyes” with her — then beat her so mericiously that “she wasn’t there” after the first blow.
“She said he was walking towards her and he locked eyes with her,” said the woman’s daughter’s boyfriend, who gave his first name, Luca. “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. I can’t see how she got up from that.”
The victim was rushed to NYU Langone Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, authorities said.
Elliot was being held at a Midtown police precinct pending his arraignment.
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