A 65-year-old Asian woman was seen on video being repeatedly stomped as nearby apartment employees look on without intervening.
According to the NYPD, on Monday at approximately 11:40 a.m., a male suspect punched and kicked the woman while making anti-Asian statements in front of 360 W. 43 St in Manhattan.
As seen in a video posted by authorities, staff members at the building witnessed the attack but did not help or intervene. One employee was seen closing the door as the assailant walked away and the woman lay on the sidewalk injured.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: Do you know this guy? On 3/29/21 at approx 11:40 AM, in front of 360 W 43 St in Manhattan, the suspect punched and kicked a 65-year-old woman while making anti-Asian statements. Any info? DM @NYPDTips or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/WRE4kSHtRG— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 30, 2021
Per TMZ, cops say the suspect told the woman, "---- you, you don't belong here."
In a statement, officials say, "The victim sustained a serious physical injury and was removed by EMS to NYU Langone Hospital” where she was stable.
ABC 7 reporter CeFaan Kim wrote on his Instagram that NYPD says the elderly Filipino woman was walking to church when she was attacked.
NBC News reports that the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the assault and have released photos of the suspect. They are encouraging anyone with information about the man in question to come forward with tips.
Help identify the below individual wanted in connection to an assault. On Monday, March 29th at 11:40 AM, at 360 West 43rd St, a female, 65, was approached by an unidentified male who punched and kicked her about the body and made anti-Asian statements. Info?☎️1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/LkwfYhMCLr— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 29, 2021
On Tuesday, The Brodsky Organization, the company that manages the luxury apartment, said in a statement that “the staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.” They are also working to identify a "third-party vendor present during the incident so that appropriate action can be taken."
Additionally, the company denounced “all forms of violence, racism, xenophobia, and violence against the Asian American community.”
That day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the attack, declaring, “Hate has no place in New York.”
Last night an Asian American woman was brutally assaulted in NYC. I am directing the @nyspolice Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 30, 2021
The rise in hate crimes against the Asian American community is abhorrent and let me be clear: hate has no place in New York. Not now, not ever. pic.twitter.com/KmvlVhEMat