Yonkers man arrested for hate crime – NBC New York


A 42-year-old Yonkers man has been arrested on attempted murder as a hate crime and other charges in the vicious beating of a 67-year-old Asian woman who was attacked on her way home she last week, police said on Monday.

Cops responding to a call around 6:15 p.m. Friday for reports of an argument found the victim bleeding in the hallway of his apartment building. The suspect, identified as Tammel Esco, was still outside.

According to the investigation, the victim simply walked past Esco on her way home and he yelled a racial slur at her. She ignored him.

Investigators said one of the most appalling attacks they had ever seen began with a man calling an Asian woman a racial slur. She ignored him, then he followed her inside a building where he attacked. Reporting by NBC New York’s Ida Siegal.

When she moved to unlock the second door to enter the hall, the suspect punched her in the head from behind, knocking her to the ground, then punched her in the head and face more than 125 times with alternating punches before the foot. stomping on her seven times and spitting on her, according to police.

The victim suffered fractured facial bones, brain hemorrhages, and multiple contusions and lacerations to the head. She remains hospitalized and is expected to survive.

A witness said she called 911 when she saw Esco hitting the woman while she was on top of her – and that witness interference may be the only reason the victim is still desire.

“I started knocking on the door, and when I did that it caught his attention, and that’s when he left her,” Yvette Crespo said. “He walked out that door, went around the corner, put his hands up,” and roared, she said.

Esco, who lives in the building with the victim, was taken into custody without incident at the scene and then remanded to Westchester County Jail pending his next court appearance. Lawyer information for him was not immediately clear.

Police said Esco had a criminal record and had previously served time for assault.

Yonkers officials condemned the attack.

“Hate crimes are beyond intolerable in our city. I commend our Yonkers police for quickly apprehending this violent criminal and getting him off our streets,” Mayor Mike Spano said Monday in a statement. “I expect the suspect to be charged to the full extent of the law for his heinous acts. I continue to keep the victim and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller called it one of the most appalling attacks he had ever seen.

“Beating a helpless woman is despicable and targeting her because of her race makes it even more so,” Mueller said. “This defendant must be given the maximum sentence allowed by law to send a clear message that hateful and violent behavior will not be tolerated in our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family, that she can make a full recovery.”

Crimes against Asian Americans have increased in New York and elsewhere since the pandemic hit. A recent national survey by the group “Stop AAPI Hate” revealed more than 10,000 reported incidents in the past two years alone.

Race was, by far, the most common reason for a discriminatory incident, listed as a reason in 91.5% of the 10,905 reports.


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