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A man was arrested for allegedly attacking a Chinese woman in New York after actress Olivia Munn helped deal with the crime.
The Asian-American community celebrates the swift arrest of the man who wanted the attack outside a bakery in New York.
The victim’s daughter, Maggie Cheng, was relieved when she saw that the suspect was caught.
“This sounds like a perfect example of everyone coming together for a good thing,” said Maggie Cheng.
The case attracted great attention on social media after actress Olivia Munn, the friend of the victim’s son, shared the event on social media.
“He left the hospital with 10 stitches on his head. We’re going to find this guy,” Munn tweeted.
“It is an amazing feeling to have social media, NYPD, everyone took action for us and got into action quickly,” said Munn. “And it was a wonderful feeling to know that our pain, our suffering, our mothers are important.”
According to court documents, the suspect, whose name was Patrick Mateo, 47, told the arresting officer that “he knew why the police was there because someone sent him photos on social media.” Mateo was accused of third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. He claimed he was not guilty.
The attack is not investigated as a hate crime. The victim’s son, Sam Cheng, said that was one of the reasons he spoke, so people could see the difference.
“It may depend on the words spoken. And you have to prove it. Without it, it’s just the attack,” Sam Cheng said. “And I wonder how many other crimes that can’t be legally called hate crimes? I just want to spread the awareness there.
The incident occurred just before 2 o’clock. In Queens on Tuesday, authorities said the suspect started yelling at the 52-year-old victim and threw a box of spoon at him.
“Get (the swearing) out of my way,” he said before pushing him to the ground.
He fell and hit his head in a newsagent box, and his condition was stably hospitalized.
In the criminal complaint, he said he lost consciousness, and Sam Cheng said that his mother needed about 10 stitches to close the wound on his forehead.
“He’s still in shock, glad he’s still alive,” he said. “He’s happy to come out with a pretty hard scar, but not enough to neutralize him.”
Eyewitnesses said the suspect swore at the victim a few minutes before he was pushed.
“The man just looked out of the coffee shop and said, ‘I’m going to stun you,'” witness Derrick Chan. “And then he suddenly came out and threw a can of spoon at him. Then he threw a soccer sack and pushed him to the ground.”
The incident in Queens was the latest in a series of violent crimes against Asian Americans in recent weeks.
A 91-year-old man in Oakland, California was pushed to the ground in the city’s Chinatown, and a 70-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and robbed by two men.
“As an Asian-American, I have been well aware of the physical and verbal racist attacks my society has been subjected to for years, but especially in the last year, it has increased astronomically,” said Munn.
The advocacy group ‘Stop AAPI Hate’ said they received reports of more than 2,800 anti-Asian attacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak last year.
Munn is outspoken against violence alongside the stars of the movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, Gemma Chan and Awkwafina, and star of the television show ‘Hawaii Five-O’, Daniel Dae Kim.
“These are generally old people with pre-existing conditions, already afraid to go out, and now they are afraid of their lives,” said Kim.
Mateo was taken to court and released under probation. The date of the extradition court has not been determined yet.