A 65-year-old Asian American woman on her way to church was brutally attacked by a man who told her “you don’t belong here.”
Surveillance video shows a man kick the woman to the ground in front of Hell’s Kitchen on West 43rd Street, New York, before stomping on her several times, including her head.
Police say he made anti-Asian statements. Sources told CBS2 he also told the woman, “You don’t belong here,” then ran off.
While the attack was going on, people watched and didn’t try to help the woman. The building security guard even went as far as closing the door on the victim.
It happened just before noon Monday, March 29.
The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force announced on Twitter that it is investigating the brutal assault. It shared a photo of the suspect and asked for help in identifying him.
The Asian Hate Crimes Task Force tweeted the video, saying in part, “The cold hearted building security guard not only failed to render aid, he closed the door on the victim.”
Overnight, the management company of the building said it suspended the staff members who witnessed the attack, pending an investigation.
“The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American,” the Brodsky Organization said in a statement. “The staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.”
The union released a statement saying the door staff “called for help immediately” and urging the public to “avoid a rush to judgment while the facts are determined.”
The statement read in part: “We unequivocally condemn all acts of hate against the AAPI community. The attack at 360 West 43rd Street is appalling and is yet another example of the unbridled hate and terror against our AAPI neighbors.
“We are disgusted and outraged by the attack and stand with our AAPI members who have increasingly faced this kind of hatred in their daily lives.”
Watch the video below.