BYSTANDER DISRUPTED ATTACK ON MY FIL-AM MOM, DAUGHTER SAYS
The daughter of a Filipino-American woman attacked in New York City said Thursday that a person not seen on surveillance video helped the woman by screaming to distract her assailant while others watched and did nothing to intervene, Michael R. Sisak reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Elizabeth Kari, writing on a fundraising webpage she set up for her mother’s care, said the bystander was across the street when a man accosted her 65-year-old mother Vilma Kari, kicked her in the stomach, knocked her to the ground, and repeatedly stomped on her face late Monday morning near Times Square.
The person, who has remained anonymous, “yelled and screamed to get the assailant’s attention,” Elizabeth Kari wrote. Fundraising service GoFundMe verified the authenticity of the webpage. AP has been unable to reach the family for comment; a message seeking an interview was left with Elizabeth Kari.
She wrote that, her mother, apart from care for herself, wants to donate some of the fundraiser’s proceeds to support other victims and help organizations that raise awareness and work to prevent anti-Asian American hate crimes. Nearly $100,000 was raised in less than a day — far exceeding the goal of $20,000.
“I want to THANK YOU for stepping in and doing the right thing,” she wrote.
“This gesture of action is what we need in our world right now. I hope one day, my mom and I can thank you personally.” Brandon Elliot, a 38-year-old parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago, was charged Wednesday with assault and attempted assault as hate crimes. His lawyers urged the public to “reserve judgment until all the facts are presented in court.”