An abominable head-stomping assault in New York City that left a 61-year-old Asian man in critical condition was captured on surveillance video. In an effort to bring the assailant to justice, the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force released footage of the brutal attack that took place in East Harlem on Friday night.
“Fri. April 23rd, approx. 8:20 PM, 3rd Ave & E. 125 St., a male Asian, 61, was struck from behind causing him to fall to the ground; he was then kicked multiple times in the head and is in Critical Condition,” the official Twitter account for the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force said on Saturday.
The perpetrator throws the victim, Yao Pan Ma, to the ground and then repeatedly kicks the Asian man in the head.
(Content Warning: Highly disturbing video):
If you have any info regarding Friday night’s horrific attack, at E. 125 and 3rd Ave, you are urged to call or DM… https://t.co/RoVdACdbu1
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPD Hate Crimes)1619266693.0
Emergency medical personnel rushed the victim to a local hospital, where he is listed as in critical, but stable, condition.
The victim’s wife told the New York Post that her husband was collecting cans to help the family make ends meet when he was savagely attacked from behind.
“Please capture him as soon as possible and make him pay,” Baozhen Chen, Ma’s wife of 31 years, told the New York Post “through a translator, sobbing throughout the exclusive interview from the doorway of her modest East Harlem apartment.”
“I was scared. I was crying. I didn’t know what to do,” Chen, 57, said. “Why? Why did they do this to my husband? Why did this happen? It was sudden. I didn’t expect this.”
WABC-TV described the suspect as “an adult male, dark complexion; he was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants, white sneakers and a multi-colored baseball cap.”
As of Saturday, no arrests in the attack have been made.
Authorities have yet to determine if the attack was racially motivated, but detectives of the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force are investigating.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, “This is