Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Man Who Attacked Asian-American Woman

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Local authorities have filed three felony hate-crime charges against 38-year-old Brandon Elliot in the brutal stomping of an elderly Asian American woman, reports the Washington Post. Elliot faces two counts of second-degree assault and one count of attempted first-degree assault that could carry a maximum sentence of 25 years, as well as other punishments for violating his parole before which he served 17 years for murdering his mother. Elliot was denied parole twice before being granted his release after a Sept. 17, 2019, hearing. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has prosecuted four hate-crime cases and is actively investigating four others in the first three months of this year, after having brought nine cases in all of 2020. The Midtown Manhattan case was one of two attacks on Asian Americans in New York that were caught on video and publicized Monday, the other involving an Asian man who was choked and left unconscious in an altercation with a man on a subway car. Elliot was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday night by the criminal court judge on duty. In recent weeks, Asian Americans in New York have reported being punched in subway cars, spit on and pummeled with metal pipes.

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