The man arrested for the brutal attack on an Asian woman in Manhatten this past week was reportedly out on parole for the stabbing of his own mother in 2002.
Early Wednesday morning, a man, Brandon Elliot aged 38, who lives lived in a homeless shelter close by to where the incident happened was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, police stated, according to the New York Post.
The Post reported that “He was caught on video mercilessly punching and kicking the 65-year-old victim in front of an apartment building at 360 West 43rd Street around 11:40 a.m. Monday, yelling ‘F–k you, you don’t belong here,’ according to cops and police sources.”
Back in 2002, Elliot was charged with the murder of his mother for stabbing her three times in the chest with a kitchen knife. The attack on his mother happened in from of Eliot’s 5-year-old sister, and his mother died 2 days later.
Elliot was convicted of murder and thusly sentence to 15 years to life in prison. He appealed for and was dined parole two times before being approved and released on lifetime parole in 2019.
Dermot Shea, New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner, condemned Elliot’s parole and release.
“When you’re releasing people from prison and you’re putting them in homeless shelters, you’re asking for trouble,” Shea stated on PIX-11. “There’s got to be a safety net and there’s got to be resources for them. It just never should’ve happened.”
The president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Paul DiGiacomo, has placed blame on local officials.
“When New York politicians and their parole board think it’s a good idea to release a murderer who killed his mother — they certainly can’t pretend to be surprised he brutally attacked a woman in Midtown,” DiGiacomo said to the Post. “It’s about time the City Council, State Assembly, and Governor be held accountable for their irresponsible laws and decisions. New Yorkers are clearly not safe because of them. They need to fix what they broke.”
In a statement to the post, Lieutenants Benevolent Association President Lou Turco states that “You can’t make it up. Do we need any more proof that the failed policies of our elected officials are leading to more New Yorkers being injured and killed? When are we going to hold our elected leaders accountable? Reimagine elected officials.”
The attack on Vilma Kari, as she made her way to church, happened in broad daylight and was completely unprovoked. Elliot allegedly kicked her in the stomach, knocked Kari down, and then stomped on her head multiple times. The entire time yelling anti-Asian slurs and repeating “you don’t belong here.”
Elliot is expected to be arraigned in Manhattan criminal court sometime on Wednesday.