D.A. Vance: Brandon Elliot Charged with Hate Crimes for Brutal Attack 65-Year-Old Asian-American Woman in Midtown

March 31, 2021

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today filed charges against BRANDON ELLIOT, 38, in New York County Criminal Court. ELLIOT is charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, and one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree as a Hate Crime, for brutally assaulting a 65-year-old woman of Filipino descent in Midtown on March 29, 2021, while making anti-Asian statements.[]
“Mr. Elliot is accused of brutally shoving, kicking, and stomping a 65-year-old mother to the ground after telling her that she didn’t belong here,” said District Attorney Vance. “Let me be clear: this brave woman belongs here. Asian-American New Yorkers belong here. Everyone belongs here. Attacks against Asian-American New Yorkers are attacks against all New Yorkers, and my Office will continue to stand against hate in all its forms.
“There is no place for these atrocious acts of violence in New York, particularly as the AAPI community is still grieving and in pain following the heinous attack by a gunman in Georgia earlier this month. We stand with the AAPI community, and want you to know we are here to listen, and to help. We have more than a dozen open cases and ongoing investigations this year alone. If you have been a victim or witness to a hate crime or bias incident, please call our Hate Crimes Hotline at 212-335-3100.”
As alleged in the Complaint and as stated on the record in court, on March 29, 2021, ELLIOT approached a 65-year-old woman of Filipino descent on the sidewalk of West 43rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. ELLIOT stated, in substance, “F— you, you don’t belong here, you Asian,” followed by something the woman could not hear. ELLIOT kicked the woman in the torso, knocking her to the ground, and proceeded to repeatedly kick and stomp on her head and body. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, forehead contusions, and contusions across her body.
Assistant D.A. Courtney Razner is handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Robert Ferrari (Chief of Trial Bureau 40), Catherine Christian (Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit), and Jeanne Olivo (Chief of the Hate Crimes Unit); and Executive Assistant D.A. Joan Illuzzi, Chief of the Trial Division.
D.A. Vance thanked members of the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force for their assistance with the investigation.
Defendant Information:
New York, NY

  • Assault in the Second Degree, as a Hate Crime, two counts
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree, as a Hate Crime, one count

[1] The charges contained in the complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.