Man who brutally attacked Asian woman was on parole for killing his mother

Wednesday, March 31

A man has been arrested for the hate-fueled attack on an Asian woman in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.

Brandon Elliot, 38, who lives in a nearby hotel that serves as a homeless shelter, was arrested early Wednesday and hit with a number of charges, including assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime, police said.


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.

In 2002, Elliot was charged with murder for using a kitchen knife to stab his mother, Bridget Johnson in the chest three times in their Bronx home, according to previous reports.

Elliot was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison.

After being denied parole twice, Elliot was approved for release in 2019.

The broad daylight beatdown on Monday stoked outrage after the surveillance footage showed witnesses doing nothing to intervene.

One of the building employees even appears to shut the door to the building as the attacker flees but is suspended over their apparent inaction.


The victim, Vilma Kari, was on her way to church when, unprovoked, Elliot allegedly kicked her in the stomach, sending her flying to the ground and stomping on her head several times as she lay on the ground.

He shouted anti-Asian slurs at her and sneered, “You don’t belong here” before walking away.

Kari suffered a broken pelvis and was taken to the hospital. She was released the next day.

Source: Newsday and Agencies