D.A. Vance Delivers Remarks on Crimes Against Asian-American New Yorkers at NYPD Press Conference


March 31, 2021

Good afternoon. Thank you Dermot for inviting me and thank you all for being here.

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.

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.

Mr. Elliot will be arraigned shortly in Manhattan Criminal Court, on 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. If convicted he will face up to 25 years in prison, as well as other consequences related to his lifetime parole.

Additional details will be available in the Criminal Court complaint, which my Office will share once it is filed.

There is no place for these atrocious acts of anti-Asian 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.

To our Asian-American community: I 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, regardless of your immigration status.

Finally, on behalf of my Office, I want to thank the victim in this case for her bravery, and the men and women of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force for their extraordinary work and collaboration in this case.

Thank you.