Caught on camera: Brutal, unprovoked attack at bus stop leaves woman seriously injured as onlookers watch

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CHARLOTTE, NC – A 48-year-old woman was targeted in an unprovoked attack in Charlotte while waiting for a city bus earlier in July, where the beating caused her to black out and resulted in severe swelling and bruising.

Altavia Gill was coming back from having spent some time with a friend when she’d crossed paths with a man she didn’t know off of Beatties Ford Road, who then began to viciously beat the woman while many onlookers didn’t intervene or come to her aid.

Gill at the time figured that the man she glanced at was just going to walk on by her at first:

“I had a feeling he was going to walk past me, I had no idea he was going to swing at me.”

Looking back on the attack, Gill believes that the man would’ve killed her.

Video captured some of the horrific beating, where the man could be seen straddling the victim and driving her head into the concrete. Gill said that no one at first bothered to help stop the man from brutalizing her:

“I just wanted someone to help me and that was my biggest fear.”

Gill’s son and sister had seen the video of the beating, with her sister Cassandra Smith saying:

“[The suspect] don’t know her she don’t know you. You had no business putting your hands on her and I want something done for my sister.”

When Gill’s son Dezon saw the video of his mother’s attack, he said it made him feel “helpless”:

“It infuriated me and it made me feel helpless. It made me feel helpless because I couldn’t help her.”

Luckily, one witness finally stepped up during the attack and was able to hold the suspect down while waiting for police.

The victim still has a long recovery ahead of her, which doctors say it will take eight weeks for her swelling to subside. Gill also suffered ear drum damage and has to undergo facial surgery at a later date.

Gill wasn’t able to thank the person who came to her aid that night, but wanted to send the following message out to those who may see someone getting attacked like she did earlier in July:

“Just try to step in for your safety, because a person like me really needed the help.”

As for the suspect arrested in the case, authorities have not released his name, but have confirmed that he was charged with aggravated assault, assault by strangulation and inflicting serious injury.

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We at Law Enforcement Today have covered numerous incidents involving unprovoked attacks. Back in June, we shared a report regarding one that occurred in New York city where police say the suspect was a local vagrant. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A homeless man with multiple prior arrests was charged Tuesday for punching an Asian woman in Chinatown, and NYPD’s Commissioner is fed up with the justice system’s revolving door.

Alexander Wright, 48, was arrested shortly after the unprovoked attack, which took place in broad daylight on Monday afternoon. He has been arrested a total of 40 times, including five within the past year.

Wright has been charged with assault as a hate crime, misdemeanor assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance, a synthetic form of marijuana called K2, in connection with the Monday evening attack, a New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson said Tuesday.

He was then taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

The incident occurred on Bayard Street around 6:15 p.m., when authorities say the 55-year-old woman was punched in what authorities called a random and unprovoked attack.

The victim in Monday’s attack was walking on Bayard Street when Wright allegedly sucker punched her with a blow to the face, according to surveillance video.

New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou shared the surveillance video of the incident on Twitter explaining she received it from a constituent:

“This was just sent to me from my constituent. This just happened in my district in Chinatown. He has been arrested and our precinct is investigating.”

The woman was knocked to the ground and was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital with a facial injury.

After the suspect punched that woman in the face, witnesses say he turned to the crowd gathered around and yelled, “Do you wanna (sic) fight me?”

Several people ran to aid the injured woman, including Jin Zhen. He explained what occurred after the victim was struck:

“The victim fell to the ground on her butt and rolled back, the back of her head hit the outdoor dining frame, and she passed out. Her eyes just shut off and had no motion.

“I dropped my food, if I have to get down with this guy, I have to. He came up to me and looked at me, that’s when I showed him the camera, and I don’t know if that aggravated him. And I was getting ready to fight for myself if I have to. He just opened his arms and said, ‘She hit me. Someone hit me.”

The suspect then fled the scene. Zhen alert police and chased the man:

“I was like, ‘Hey officer, a woman down the block just got knocked unconscious. The suspect is fleeing on feet. Follow me and we’ll catch up to him.’”

Mayor Bill de Blasio, He slashed $1 billion from the NYPD’s operating budget last year amid a surge in crime, commented on the attack:

“I have not (seen the video) but I certainly am deeply concerned. We had a spate of horrible attacks against Asian Americans. They are unacceptable. We have encouraged everyone to come forward. We’ve got to stop Asian hate, that’s the bottom line.

“We have a very strong Asian Crime Task Force in the NYPD, which is doing really powerful work, including undercover work, which has captured several assailants.”

De Blasio has been criticized by New Yorkers for claiming the spike in crime this year on the pandemic. Many blame the Mayor’s 2020 bail reforms supposedly intended to tackle the disproportionate number of poor people jailed for not being able to afford to pay bail.

The reforms have resulted in many suspects charged with serious crimes being released back onto the streets without having to pay bail. Many of these criminals reoffend while free. 

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the New York judicial system was failing the residents of New York. He expressed anger over local laws that allow people like Wright to continually commit crimes and collect victims:

“Lives in a shelter, arrested eight times in the last year, randomly assaulting people, setting fires. The guy that was arrested on Friday setting fires. What are we doing in society, we’re releasing these people right back onto the street?”

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The attack follows another attack in New York City caught on video in May.

A 64-year-old man was cornered at a midtown subway turnstile by two men armed with a razor. The men knocked the man to the ground and began punching him. One of the men then slashed the victim’s face with the razor.

The victim, only identified as a Brooklyn resident, had just finished praying at a mosque when the attack occurred. The victim spoke to ABC 7 News:

“I feel angry and upset and sad. (They) Hit me two times here, in this eye and this eye, and the other guy, he brought a razor. ‘And the blood start coming and took the money from me and disappeared.”

The victim required 12 stitches on his forehead and other two stitches near one of his eyes.

Democratic NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted last week New Yorker’s do not feel safe:

‘We have a major crime problem in New York City. Everything we just talked about, with the economy coming back, you know what the first step is? People have to feel safe. We’re building new projects, stimulating new business – what comes before that is public safety, otherwise none of it works.

‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up. It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right.  Subways are cleaner than they’ve been, operating better – but they’re not as safe and people are afraid to take the train.”

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