NEW YORK CITY, NY – A 52-year-old woman was reportedly attacked outside of a bakery in New York City on February 16th, which resulted in the victim having to get 10 stitches to her head, according to family members.
Heartbroken to write another one of these. Keep your eyes open. Protect yourselves and each other because apparently no one is going to step in and help https://t.co/EQaNYmlNcQ
— Kiki Intarasuwan (@kintarasu) February 18, 2021
Surveillance footage captured the incident where the woman was assaulted on February 16th while she was waiting in line at the store on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, Queens.
A male suspect, who police later identified as Patrick Mateo, can be seen throwing what appears to be a box at the victim and then shoved her to the ground.
When falling, the victim had collided with a row of newspaper vending machines and struck her head on the concrete, which is where the victim sustained the injury to her head that required stitches.
Maggie Kayla Cheng, the victim’s daughter, stated that her mother was shoved down, “with such force that she hit her head on the concrete and passed out on the floor.”
It’s not exactly clear when police took Mateo into custody following the incident, as well as what unfolded between police and the suspect when the arrest was enacted.
Update—NYPD says thanks to tips from the community, the suspect in this case has been apprehended. pic.twitter.com/qkOiEuoO1N
— Gilma Avalos (@GilmaAvalos) February 18, 2021
All that has been shared thus far is that Mateo is facing charges of assault and harassment.
From what the victim’s son, who didn’t want to be identified by name, says of the incident was that it had stemmed from the suspect, “freaking out,” while not wearing a face covering and demanding the victim to get away from him.
The victim had reportedly pulled out some pepper spray on the suspect, which that’s when the purported assault occurred, according to the victim’s son.
In this recent case, the 52-year-old woman was identified as being Asian-American, which said community has been affected by an increasing number of assaults lately, according to the Asian American Bar Association of New York.
However, the incident from February 16th is currently not being investigated as a hate crime. The victim’s son apparently concurs with his mother’s assault not being racially motivated based upon “the facts the detectives got” while investigating.
But aside from motivating factors, the victim’s son believes that this incident serves as a means to remind people to be aware of their environment:
“The messaging is important. I think raising awareness to this issue is important. I’m sure this won’t be the only one or the last one. Keep your eyes open and keep your family safe be mindful of your surroundings.”
Apparently, actress Olivia Munn had helped spread awareness to this investigation, citing that she personally knows one of the victim’s children on Twitter, which the NYPD later credited as having helped investigators:
“My friend’s mom is a 5’3” 50+ Chinese woman and she was attacked by this guy in Flushing, NY yesterday on Main St and Roosevelt between 2-4pm. She left the hospital with 10 stitches in her head. We’re gonna find this guy. Queens, Internet, please… do your shit.”
— O M (@oliviamunn) February 17, 2021
When word got back on the suspect in the case being arrested, Munn took to Twitter to thank her followers in helping create awareness of the case:
“Ohmygod you guys!!! I’m beyond grateful to all of you for caring and posting and retweeting and FINDING THIS GUY!!! I love you all so much. The Asian community felt your outrage and support and YOU GUYS DID THIS!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you.”
Ohmygod you guys!!! I’m beyond grateful to all of you for caring and posting and retweeting and FINDING THIS GUY!!! I love you all so much.
The Asian community felt your outrage and support and YOU GUYS DID THIS!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/vo3ZiPGmb0
— O M (@oliviamunn) February 18, 2021
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Earlier in February, we at Law Enforcement Today shared another story of a disturbing attack caught on surveillance footage of an elderly Asian-American being violently shoved to the ground.
In a update to that investigation, authorities in Oakland, California reportedly made an arrest in the assaults that occurred on January 31st that involved a 91-year-old man being shoved to the ground, as well as a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman also being assaulted.
Police have identified the attacker as 28-year-old Yahya Muslim, and was charged with three counts of assault.
Here’s the previous report that details the background on the case.
OAKLAND, CA – A recent video that has been circulating online depicting a 91-year-old man being mercilessly shoved to the ground by an unknown assailant has put Oakland’s Chinatown on edge over concerns of seemingly unprovoked attacks, such as the one featured on the video.
The video in question depicts the elderly victim being violently pushed to the ground by an individual walking behind him along the corner of Harrison and 8th Street right outside of the Asian Resource Center.
The president of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Carl Chan, believes that the neighborhood is essentially under attack, in a sense, due to violence of this nature occurring.
Chen has reportedly documented over 20 incident reports and videos of instances of small businesses getting robbed and both customers and business owners being assaulted.
One of these videos depicts a woman inside of an herbal shop where a suspect enters the establishment and steals the woman’s cash before running off.
During a recent press conference, Chan, while accompanied by various business owners and city leaders on February 3rd, wanted to discuss possible solutions to the elevating crime in the area.
Some of these suggested solutions discussed included the likes of funding additional security cameras as well as increasing the presence of police officers.
While speaking during this press conference, Chan stated:
“Unfortunately, they are not only robbing the people, but people are also being hurt.”
Oakland Police Department Captain Bobby Hookfin also commented on the crimes ongoing within the area, saying:
“They appear to be more violent, for whatever reason and that’s why we need to stop this now.”
— HamSlamich96 (@slamich96) February 5, 2021
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf started off by apologizing to locals that these sorts of crimes are occurring within the area, and also brought up criticism towards the Oakland City Council who were among those to try to cut police budgets during the summer of 2020:
“I want to start by apologizing to the victims of these heinous crimes.”
“I have not forgotten, that this last summer, they brought a proposal to cut $25 million from the Oakland police department as a political statement, not because of operational or financial need.”
Chan is among those that are hoping to see the likes of walking patrols being reinstated with the local police force, but officials could only promise that “more resources” would be allocated to the affected area without affording an explanation as to what that might exactly look like.
Oakland Chinatown leaders plead for more police protection ahead of Lunar New Year celebration https://t.co/Q4qm8GqraA
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) February 4, 2021
With respect to the latest incident caught on video of the elderly man being assaulted, Oakland Police say that the suspect featured in the video didn’t stop at just assaulting the 91-year-old victim:
“The suspect then approached a 60-year-old man and 55-year-old woman from behind that were also walking in the 800 block of Harrison Street.”
“The suspect pushed both victims to the ground, resulting in the woman losing consciousness. The man also suffered injury. Both victims were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.”
One local, identified as Jacob Azevedo, has been particularly disturbed by the rising attacks lodged against the Asian community in Oakland’s Chinatown.
Azevedo recently established a GoFundMe that aims to use the donated funds to supply the elderly community in the area with hand-held emergency alarms in case of attacks.
In a Facebook post shared by San Francisco-based reporter Dion Lim, actors Daniel Wu and Daniel Dae Kim have teamed up together to offer a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect seen on video during the attack of the 91-year-old victim.
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