A CONVICTED mom killer out of parole has been pictured in a mugshot after beating an Asian woman to the ground in a suspected hate attack.
Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested for beating a Filipina woman on a busy Manhattan street after the brutal assault was caught on surveillance footage of security guards.
Elliot’s arrest took place on Wednesday in New York City at around 1.10am, as he was hit with a number of charges including assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime, police said.
His victim, 65-year-old Vilma Kari, was walking to church in midtown Manhattan on Monday, when Elliot allegedly hurled anti-Asian slurs and told her: “You don't belong here.”
He was filmed kicking her in the stomach, knocking her to the ground and stomping on her face.
He then casually walked away as onlookers watched, doing nothing to stop the horrifying scene.
Security guards only came to the woman's aid once her attacker fled.
Two of the men, who were building staff and appeared to be doormen, were suspended from work for doing nothing to help Kari as she was attacked.
Both men remained suspended pending an investigation into whether they followed proper safety protocols. The workers' union said they called for help immediately.
In a statement posted to Instagram, the Brodsky Organization, which manages the building where the guards work, said it "condemns all forms of violence, racism, xenophobia, and violence against the Asian American community."
The workers claimed they did not initially intervene because they saw the attacker pull out a knife, The Brodsky Organization told Pix11.
Residents of the building defended the workers Wednesday in a letter to the management company and the media, claiming video of the incident was “unfortunately cut to inadvertently exclude the compassionate action” taken by the staff, which included giving the victim aid and alerting medics.
Detective Michael Rodriguez said there were no 911 calls and patrol officers driving by came upon the victim after she was assaulted.
Elliot fled after attack, but was later identified as the suspect following numerous tips to Crimestoppers, NYPD said.
At the time of his arrest, Elliot was already on lifetime parole for fatally stabbing his mother to death in her Bronx apartment in 2002, when he was just 19-years-old.
The now-38-year-old stabbed his mom three times in the chest as his five-year-old sister watched on, the Daily News reported.
He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the murder, however he received parole in November 2019, records show.
No further details about the murder have been released, but state records show Elliot has been arrested numerous other times.
Monday's incident occurred shortly before noon near West 43rd Street and Ninth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times Square, according to police.
The victim was making her way to church when she was purpotedly approached by Elliot.
Elliot allegedly shouted, “F*** you. You don't belong here,” according to The Post, while continuing to beat her mercilessly.
“She tried to avoid him, like how people do when you walk in New York City, but he came right for her,” Luca, the victim’s daughter’s boyfriend told the New York Post.
He added: “She said he was walking towards her and he locked eyes with her.
“After the first hit, she wasn’t even there. I can’t see how she got up from that.”
Kari suffered serious injuries from the attack, including a fractured pelvis.
She was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, officials said, and has been speaking to police.
In a statement on GoFundMe, her daughter Elizabeth Kari wrote that her mother was “safe and in good spirits”.
She went on: “My mom is humbled by the outpouring of messages and support from not only our friends and family, but from the kind souls all over the world.”
“Although the healing process will not be easy, she has always been a resilient role model for me. We are hopeful that in time she will make a full recovery.”
She added the security footage of the brutal attack that went viral was “the most difficult thing to watch”, and “there were many times that I wish someone would have stepped in.”
Elliot was arrested at the Four Points by Sheraton, a hotel nearby to where the attack took place that serves as a homeless shelter, early Wednesday morning.
After initially running off after allegedly committing the violent act, he is now being held at a Midtown police precinct pending his arraignment.
On Wednesday sources told DailyMail.com that Elliot denied carrying out the attack, but "puts himself in the area at the time of the incident."
Police executed a search warrant in his room and recovered some of the clothing seen on the suspect during the attack, including his pants and a red scarf he had tucked inside a sweater he was wearing.
Elliot told officers he takes medication for an unspecified condition, and said he was taking his medication at the time of the attack.
The source said he was "totally lucid under questioning."
Elliot also told officers his family had cut him off after he killed his mother.
The source explained: "He said he has no family ties. He has been ostracized by the rest of the family."
There is no indication Elliot knew the victim, the source added, saying it was a "totally unprovoked" attack.
"She was going to church. The victim says she heard him saying, 'What are you doing here?' Then he set upon her."
Elliot appeared in court on Wednesday after being charged with three counts – two of assault in the second degree, as a hate crime, and a third count of attempted assault in the first degree, as a hate crime.
He will next appear in court on April 5. If he is convicted of hate crimes, he faces 25 years in prison, plus further penalties for violating his parole.
He was represented in court on Wednesday by two public defenders who did not contest his detention – which was automatic, given that he was on a lifetime parole for murdering his mother.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday’s attack “absolutely disgusting and outrageous.” He said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that witnesses did not intervene.
"I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker," de Blasio said during a press conference Tuesday.
"This is something where we all have to be part of the solution. We can’t just stand back and watch a heinous act happening."
Mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, added the victim "could easily have been my mother."
He also criticized onlookers, telling CNN their inaction was "exactly the opposite of what we need here in New York City.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also waded in to voice his outrage over the incident, calling it a "horrific, horrific attack" to Pix11.
"[The victim] has very significant injuries and she has a long recovery ahead of her.”
Shea further added concern that Elliot had ended up at the makeshift homeless shelter.
"People pay their debt to society, they’ve got to be given second chances. But when you’re releasing people from prison and putting them into homeless shelters you’re asking for trouble.
"What could possibly go wrong?," he asked. "Well, this is what goes wrong. It never should happen.”
There has been a steep uptick in crimes against Asian people in the US over the past year since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic which is believed to have originated in China.
In New York City, there has reportedly been a 1,300 per cent increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans since early 2020.
Many of these crimes against are thought to come from people blaming China for the causing the virus outbreak.
President Joe Biden has announced steps to protect Asian Americans from discrimination and violent attacks.
The announcement comes two weeks after the mass shooting of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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