Brandon Elliot: Man arrested in the hate crime assault near Times Square


Brandon Elliot was arrested early Wednesday. The NYPD has recommended charges of two counts of assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime and other charges.


The NYPD said Elliot is the man in the photos and videos released Tuesday by the department in their request to identify the individual near the scene Monday.

CNN is attempting to contact a lawyer for Elliot and has reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for more information on whether they will pursue the charges.

Police previously said the woman was punched and kicked in midtown Manhattan by an attacker who allegedly made anti-Asian statements toward her. The brazen attack was captured on video and released by authorities.

The incident comes at a time when New York City and cities across the US have seen an increase in reports of attacks against Asian people.


Elliot served 17 years in state prison for stabbing his mother to death, the NYPD told CNN. He was released on lifetime parole in November 2019.

The NYPD Hate Crimes unit thanked its detectives and the public for assistance in the investigation in a social media post early Wednesday.

Police said the attack happened in front of 360 West 43rd St., which is the address of an apartment complex owned by the Brodsky Organization.

The company that owns the apartment complex adjacent to where the 65-year-old woman was attacked released a statement Wednesday saying in part they have been working with union representation to investigate the response of two lobby staffers who witnessed the attack. The staffers remain suspended pending the outcome.

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The video, which seems to be from the vantage point of a camera inside the apartment complex, appears to show onlookers not reacting to the attack as the woman is kicked repeatedly in broad daylight.

The company said it’s “committed to strengthening internal training and working with our community to ensure the safety of our residents and neighbors.”

“We are extremely distraught by the horrific attack that occurred outside our building, and our hearts go out to the victim,” the company said Wednesday. “Our company stands with the AAPI community in condemning racism and violence against Asian-Americans.”

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