Rather than intervene, he just stands there until two other workers approach.
But they don’t rush to the victim’s aid either. Instead, one of them – understood to be the building’s security guard – walks calmly over and shuts the door.
A worker can be seen shutting the door to the building as the victim lies beaten on the ground outside
The victim was later taken to NYU Langone Hospital, where she was found to have suffered a fractured pelvis but was in stable condition, authorities said.
The suspect, who has since been identified as Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime and one count each of attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault.
Elliot was already on lifetime parole for fatally stabbing his mother in 2002, according to authorities.
He was freed from prison in November 2019.
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The incident has sent shockwaves through the city which has seen a wave of anti-Asian hate crime since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Stop AAPI Hate, a non-profit group which monitors hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), has received nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents against people of Asian descent in the US over the past 12 months.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has since committed to a major crack-down on anti-Asian behaviour.
Last week, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea promised to begin undercover patrols within Asian communities.
He warned potential attackers: “The next person you target, whether it’s through speech, menacing activity or anything else, walking along a sidewalk or on a train platform, may be a plainclothes New York City police officer.
“So think twice.”
Across the city, people have spoken out against the violence.
TW: graphic violence
Hate crimes against AAPI are happening daily across the country.
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“This is absolutely vile,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted.
“These attacks against Asian-American New Yorkers must end. Hate has no place here and we must always call it out when we see it.”
Meanwhile, New York senator Andrew Gounardes wrote: “These hateful attacks against Asian-American New Yorkers must end. I stand 100 per cent with our Asian-American communities against bigotry and violence.
“This horrific bias, discrimination and violence predates the pandemic but has worsened over the past year.”
And US representative Grace Meng commented on behalf of the community: “We’ve gone from being invisible to being seen as sub-human. We just want to be seen as American like everyone else.”