No one called 911 in NYC attack on Asian woman, cops say
Bystanders did nothing to help an Asian woman as she was being beaten in broad daylight in Manhattan this week — and didn’t even bother calling 911, police said Wednesday.
An NYPD spokesperson said it had zero records of a 911 call from Monday’s unprovoked attack — when convicted murderer Brandon Elliot, 38, allegedly kicked a 65-year-old victim to the ground and repeatedly stomped on her face outside 360 West 43rd Street.
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Det. Michael Rodriguez said police on patrol drove by and saw the victim after she was attacked.
“They came upon the victim after she was assaulted,” he said.
Outrage has mounted over the caught-on-camera beatdown — the latest in a disturbing trend of hate crimes against Asian Americans — after at least three staffers inside the building were caught doing nothing to thwart Elliot.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said detectives would be interviewing those on video tape who witnessed the assault first hand.
“I fully understand the public’s anger,” Shea said about the bystander inaction.
“I can’t put myself in the employees [shoes]. I’d like to think that anyone would step in and protect that woman from that brutal attack. I don’t know if they were scared. I really don’t know.”
Shea added: “My focus is on the victim, and my focus is on the individual—let’s not lose sight of who’s responsible, and that’s the individual who committed the crime.”
One of the male staffers actually appears to close the door to the building as the woman writhes on the sidewalk.
The staffers who witnessed the attack have since been suspended as an investigation plays out.
A statement from Kyle Bragg, president of the SEIU 32BJ union that represents the workers, condemned the act of violence. Bragg said the door staff “called for help immediately.”
However, the staff “did not specify that it was a call to 911,” a rep told The Post Wednesday.
The victim, Vilma Kari, suffered a broken pelvis and was released from the hospital Tuesday.
Early Wednesday morning, police nabbed Elliot — a homeless man who was out on parole for murdering his mother in 2002 — for the alleged hate crime.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest