- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The New York Police Department Wednesday morning arrested a 38-year-old man for the brutal beating of an Asian American woman in Manhattan this week.

Brandon Elliot was arrested at about 2 a.m. and charged with assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime, police said. He lives in a homeless shelter near where the Midtown Manhattan attack occurred, the New York Post reported.

Mr. Elliot will remain in custody until his arraignment, the Post reported.

The woman was kicked in the stomach, causing her to fall to the ground. The suspect then proceeds to punch her while she is on the ground, kicking her head and body.

Mr. Elliot is accused of beating the 65-year-old woman after yelling anti-Asian statements at her.

Videos of the assault posted to social media shows witnesses from a nearby residential building doing nothing to stop the vicious assault.

Staff members who worked in the building were suspended by the property’s management company for their lack of a response.

The victim was identified as Vilma Kari, who immigrated from the Philippines, her daughter told The New York Times; the newspaper did not identify Kari’s daughter.

Mr. Elliot was convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx in 2002, when he was 19. He was released from prison in 2019 and is on lifetime parole.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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