A man kicked a 65-year-old woman to the ground in broad daylight on a Midtown Manhattan sidewalk on Monday, stomped on her several times and made anti-Asian remarks in what the police called another targeted hate crime.
The police said the attack happened around 11:40 a.m. outside an apartment building at 360 W. 43rd St., where a surveillance video showed an unidentified man kick the woman in the torso after the two approached each other on the sidewalk.
The attacker, whom the police department’s hate crimes task force asked for the public’s help in identifying, stomped on the woman’s upper body and head at least three times after she fell to the ground.
The victim was hospitalized at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan with what the police described as serious injuries. Further information about her condition was not immediately available.
The Manhattan attack is the latest in a yearlong surge of anti-Asian violence seen across the country and in New York City. The growing list of assaults also come as people mourn the recent shooting in the Atlanta area earlier this month that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent.
The video, which was released by the police and drew widespread attention online, showed a man who appeared to be a building worker standing in the lobby, unwilling to intervene. He then closed the building’s front door while the woman was lying on the ground after the attacker walked off.
The Brodsky Organization, the management company for the luxury apartment building, released a statement early Tuesday that said the staff members who witnessed the attack “have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union,” and that it was trying to identify a delivery vendor who was in the lobby.
After the release of the video, the company was widely criticized online over its workers’ failure to intervene.
“The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian-American community,” the company said in its statement.