A man has been arrested in connection with an assault on a 52-year-old Asian woman Tuesday in Queens, New York.
On Thursday, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison announced detectives from the 109th Precinct arrested 47-year-old Patrick Mateo, who was allegedly seen on surveillance video attacking the woman outside a Flushing bakery.
TMZ adds that Mateo was booked on charges of assault and harassment.
As reported by WABC, authorities say that just before 2 p.m. on Roosevelt Avenue, the man got into a verbal altercation with the woman, allegedly saying, "Get the (expletive) out of my way.”
The outlet says the woman fell and hit her head against a metal newspaper box and was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital in stable condition.
The victim's son said she required about 10 stitches in her forehead following the incident.
"She is still in shock. She's glad she's still alive," he told the outlet. "She's happy that she came out with a pretty gnarly injury, but not enough to the point where it's disabling her."
Per witness Derrick Chan, the man allegedly cursed at the victim and then threw a box of spoons at her.
"The guy just peeped out of the coffee shop and he goes, 'I'll eff you up!'" Chan said. "And then, all of a sudden, he comes out and tosses, like, a box of spoons at her. And then just does a football sack and pushed her to the ground."
On Wednesday, actress Olivia Munn, who says she is a friend of the victim’s offspring, shared an image of the suspect while denouncing the recent surge in hate crimes against the Asian-American community.
“My friend’s mom is a 5’3” 50+ Chinese woman and she was attacked by this guy in Flushing, NY yesterday on Main St and Roosevelt between 2-4pm. She left the hospital with 10 stitches in her head,” she wrote. “These racist hate crimes against our elders have got to stop. We’re gonna find this guy. Queens, Internet, please... do your ----.”
Following news of Mateo’s arrest, Munn thanked the Internet for bringing attention to this heinous crime.
Ohmygod you guys!!! I’m beyond grateful to all of you for caring and posting and retweeting and FINDING THIS GUY!!! I love you all so much.— O M (@oliviamunn) February 18, 2021
The Asian community felt your outrage and support and YOU GUYS DID THIS!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/vo3ZiPGmb0
This is the guy you guys helped @nypd find and arrest. This is him attacking my friend’s mom who is a petite 5-foot-3 Chinese woman.— O M (@oliviamunn) February 18, 2021
Fuck this guy. The internet is undefeated. Thank you thank you thank you 💛💛💛😭😭😭 #StopAsianHate #ProtectOurElders @NYPDnews @NYPD109Pct pic.twitter.com/DOTglNd5xK