NEW YORK (AP) – A probation officer convicted of his mother’s murder nearly two decades ago was arrested for assault and hate crimes, among other things, in an attack on an Asian American woman in New York City, said the police early Wednesday

Police said Brandon Elliot, 38, was the man who was seen on a surveillance tape kicking and stomping the woman near Times Square on Monday, they said Elliot lived in a hotel that few Blocks from the site of the attack serving as a shelter for the homeless. He was taken into custody at the hotel around midnight. Tips from the public raised his concern, police said

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 life probation.The parole board had previously denied his release twice before his report included an arrest for robbery in 2000

“When you get people out of jail and put in the homeless shelters, you are asking for trouble,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told WPIX-TV. “There has to be a safety net and resources for them to just shake that Head up and say, “What could possibly go wrong?” It just should never happen ”

Elliot, who is black, is charged with assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault in the attack on Monday, police said it was not immediately known whether he had an attorney on his behalf Could speak He was expected to be charged via video on Wednesday

The victim has been identified as Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old woman who immigrated from the Philippines, her daughter told the New York Times The newspaper did not identify Kari’s daughter by name

The Philippines and the United States have long been treaty allies, but Filipino leader Rodrigo Duterte is a vocal critic of U.S. Security policies that have moved to terminate a key agreement that allows for large-scale military exercises with U.S. Forces in the Philippines

“I might as well say it, so no one on the other side can say, ‘We didn’t know you took the racial brutality against Filipinos seriously’ We do,” Locsin said

Kari was walking to church in Midtown Manhattan when police said a man kicked her in the stomach, knocked her on the floor, kicked her face, shouted anti-Asian bows and said, “You don’t belong here”before they casually walked away while the onlookers watched

She was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday after being treated for serious injuries, a hospital spokesman said

Monday’s attack, one of the latest in a national surge in anti-Asian hate crimes, met widespread condemnation and concern about failure of bystanders to intervene. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described the attack as “utterly disgusting and outrageous “and said it was” absolutely unacceptable “that witnesses did not help the woman

The attack came just weeks after a mass shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian origin, and just days after a 65-year-old Asian American woman was in the same neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, threatened and with anti-Asian insults molested

The rise in violence has been linked in part to misguided guilt for the coronavirus pandemic and former President Donald Trump’s use of terms like “Chinese virus”

The attack occurred late Monday morning outside a luxury apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, a predominantly white neighborhood west of Times Square.Two workers in the building who appeared to be security guards were seen on a video of the woman witnessing the attack but did not come to the rescue. One of them closed the door of the building when the woman was on the ground

The building’s management company said they were suspended on an investigation, the union said they immediately called for help

Residents of the building defended the workers in a letter to the management company on Wednesday and the media alleged that a video clip focusing on the suspect and the attack “was unfortunately cut so that he accidentally took the compassionate measures excludes “that were seized by the staff

There have been 33 hate crimes with an Asian victim in New York City since Sunday this year, police said. There have been 11 such attacks at the same time last year. The NYPD said last week it had outreach and patrols in predominantly Asian communities increased, including the use of undercover officers to prevent and disrupt attacks

“This is critical to the equation,” said de Blasio of the new police effort, “There are very few people, but we have to find each and every one of them and stop”

Associate press writers Jim Gomez of Manila, Philippines, and Karen Matthews of New York contributed to this report

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