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NYPD makes an arrest in the hate crime assault on a 65-year-old Asian woman

New York City police said Wednesday morning they made an arrest in the case of a 65-year-old Asian woman who was attacked Monday in Midtown Manhattan.

The individual “was arrested and charged with Felony Assault as a Hate Crime,” the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force said in a tweet.

Police previously said the woman was punched and kicked by an attacker who allegedly made anti-Asian statements toward her.

The incident — which comes at a time when New York City and the nation has seen an increase in reports of attacks against Asian people — was captured on surveillance video and released by the NYPD, which also released photos of an unidentified male.

In an earlier press release, police said an individual “proceeded to kick the victim multiple times in the head before fleeing the location,” which can be seen on the surveillance footage.

The NYPD told CNN the attacker allegedly yelled an expletive followed by “you don’t belong here!”

The victim, according to police, sustained a serious physical injury and was taken by paramedics to NYU Langone Hospital in stable condition.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, speaking on CNN affiliate NY1 on Tuesday, called this most recent attack “very disturbing.”

“It’s really disgusting when you see the video,” he said. “We’re calling on all New Yorkers, anyone with information, we put out a pretty good picture of the, the individual that we want to talk to that was seen walking away, and you just try to make sense of it…and you can’t,” he said.

Police say the incident happened in front of 360 West 43rd St., which is the address of an apartment complex owned by the Brodsky Organization.

The video, which seems to be from the vantage point of a camera inside the apartment complex, appears to show onlookers not reacting to the attack. The Brodsky Organization issued a statement saying in part that “the staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.”

It also said it was “also working to identify a third-party delivery vendor present during the incident so that appropriate action can be taken.”

The organization “condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community,” it said in the statement.

The NYPD recently announced an initiative to put Asian officers undercover to help combat the recent spate of hate crimes against Asians. Shea said they began deploying Friday night.

“We’re putting heavy, heavy uniform presence as well,” amid predominantly Asian communities in the city and through the transit system as well.

CNN has asked NYPD if the surveillance footage was from inside the apartment complex and provided by the organization and has not yet received an answer.

Mayor calls attack disgusting and outrageous

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the brazen attack against the woman “disgusting” and “outrageous” and called on anyone with information about the incident to reach out to the police.

“We continue to see these horrible disgusting attacks on Asian American New Yorkers and it’s got to end and we’re going to use every tool we have,” he said during his daily briefing Tuesday.

De Blasio said that while the city is “not where we need to be” in terms of combating hate toward Asians he is confident “a lot of the right tools are there.”

He was pressed on whether the city was doing enough.

“I’m very frustrated by these attacks, it’s horrible, it’s disgusting to see,” he said adding “it’s so unfair to Asian New Yorkers.”

New York “has seen this before” in terms of hatred toward other groups, including Muslims and LGBTQIA community, De Blasio said.

“We know some of the things that work,” he said, including solidarity, getting supporters involved, and assisting the NYPD.

He said Asian American New Yorkers who are feeling isolated and fearful “need to know that they have solidarity of all New Yorkers, and support.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD in the investigation.

“Violence against our Asian American community is unfortunately becoming an epidemic in our state and across this nation, and it must stop now,” Cuomo said. “These abhorrent acts of hate have absolutely no place in our state, and we all must stand together as one united voice to denounce hate and violence in all its forms, whenever and wherever we see it.”

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