The man caught on security cameras brutally attacking a 65-year-old Asian American woman on her way to church has now been arrested. The attack took place on the afternoon of March 29, 2021 near 43rd street in NYC, and the footage shows a man who has now been identified as Brandon Elliot walking up to the woman, identified as Vilma Kari, and kicking her in the stomach. After the initial attack, the woman is seen falling to the ground, at which point Elliot continues his attack, stomping on the woman's face as she lay in pain on the sidewalk.
Witnesses of the attack claim that Elliot was heard yelling "F**k you, you don't belong here," at the woman as he kicked her. She was ultimately hospitalized for her injuries, and was discharged on the morning of March 30, 2021, according to NBC4.
On March 31, 2021, police arrested Elliot, who had been out on lifetime parole for murdering his own mother in 2002. 38-year-old Brandon Elliot has been charged with assault and hate crime offenses, according to NBC4's continued coverage.
This attack was the latest in a string of recent attacks against the Asian American community, made all the worse by on-lookers who, in all recent incidents, did little to intervene. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio provided a quote to local press after the most recent attack saying "I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker." This sentiment surely applies to citizens beyond the span of NYC as we all face what is ramping up to be an unusually volatile spring and summer.
Footage of the attack can be seen below.