DFA thanks NYPD for ‘prompt arrest’ of attacker of Fil-Am woman in NYC
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday thanked New York’s local police for the “prompt arrest” of the attacker of a 65-year-old Filipino-American, who is among the latest victims of hate crimes against Asians in the United States.
“We express our gratitude to the New York Police Department (NYPD) and to all those who contributed to the efforts that led to the arrest,” the DFA said in a statement.
The NYPD apprehended 38-year-old Brandon Elliot, who was identified to be the man in a viral security camera footage kicking 65-year-old Vilma Kari to the ground and hitting her head repeatedly with his foot.
The DFA urged the Filipino community in New York and surrounding areas to exercise vigilance and to immediately report any incident of hate crimes against Filipinos there to the Philippine Consulate General in New York through its emergency hotline number at 917-294-0196.
It also advised Filipinos to report such incidents of anti-Asian violence to the NYPD’s Asian Hate Crimes Task Force at 1- 800-440-HATE.
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