New York City police arrests suspect in assault of Asian American woman

The suspect at the time of his arrest was on lifetime parole for the 2002 murder of his mother.

Updated: March 31, 2021 - 3:41pm

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The New York Police Department said Wednesday has suspect has been arrested and charged in the recent assault of an elderly Asian American woman.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea has identified the suspect as Brandon Elliot ion connection with the assault Monday on the 65-year-old woman. Elliot was on parole out on supervised release.

Elliot, 38, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Wednesday and was charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault, according to The Hill.

Elliot has a criminal history that includes being convicted of murdering his mother back in 2002. He was on lifetime parole following his release from prison in 2019.

Video of the assault on Monday showed a man approaching a woman outside of a building in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. He proceeds to knock her to the ground and then kicks her repeatedly.

The NYPD said that while he was kicking her, he "made anti-Asian statements." He allegedly told her that "You don’t belong here" and "f--- you."

Several employees present at the building where the attack occurred were suspended for not intervening.