Brooklyn man arrested for three Asian hate crimes after ‘pushing elderly man to the ground’

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A Brooklyn man was arrested on Wednesday for three separate hate crimes against Asian people, police said.

27-year-old Joseph Russo is said to have attacked an elderly man on Monday and pushed him to the ground during his third motiveless attack in two months.

The footage shows Russo grabbing a bouquet of flowers from an outdoor display and hurling them toward the road, before reportedly seeing his victim – a 77-year-old man.

27-year-old Joseph Russo was arrested on Wednesday for three Asian hate crimes

27-year-old Joseph Russo was arrested on Wednesday for three Asian hate crimes

Russo reportedly pushed the elderly Asian man who was shopping vegetables in Sheepshead Bay, south Brooklyn.

The victim bruised his left arm after the attack. Researchers think it was a random attack and no words were exchanged between the two.

In a second motivational daytime attack on March 22, Russo is accused of assaulting a 32-year-old woman by pulling her hair while walking the Kings Highway in Homecrest.

Police had released footage of the March attack in hopes of catching Russo, who was unidentified at the time.

In the grueling footage, Russo can be seen dragging his victim by the hair a few feet before suddenly letting go, slapping his hand twice on the wall, and walking away.

The woman had pain in her head and neck, but refused medical treatment after the attack.

Russo is accused of pushing a 77-year-old man to the ground in an attack on Monday

Russo is accused of pushing a 77-year-old man to the ground in an attack on Monday

The 27-year-old is also suspected of assaulting a 32-year-old woman by pulling her hair on March 22.

The 27-year-old is also suspected of assaulting a 32-year-old woman by pulling her hair on March 22.

Russo is accused of pushing a 77-year-old man to the ground in an attack on Monday and assaulting a 32-year-old woman by pulling her hair on March 22.

Late on Wednesday, police charged Russo with a third incident, which took place on March 5. ABC7 NY reported.

In that attack, the suspect is said to have approached a 64-year-old Asian woman and pushed her to the ground.

Russo has been charged with assault as a hate crime and severe harassment as a hate crime.

The three incidents come amid a wave of hate crimes against Asians in America.

Russo's alleged attacks come amid an increase in hate crimes against Asians in America

Russo's alleged attacks come amid an increase in hate crimes against Asians in America

Russo’s alleged attacks come amid an increase in hate crimes against Asians in America

In mid-March, the NYPD revealed that it had recorded a 1,300 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.

In mid-March, the NYPD revealed that it had recorded a 1,300 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.

In mid-March, the NYPD revealed that it had recorded a 1,300 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.

Activists have taken to the streets to demand an end to anti-Asian violence (photo, protest against rising hate crimes in New York)

Activists have taken to the streets to demand an end to anti-Asian violence (photo, protest against rising hate crimes in New York)

Activists have taken to the streets to demand an end to anti-Asian violence (photo, protest against rising hate crimes in New York)

Last week, a 65-year-old Asian woman was knocked to the ground and beaten viciously while on her way to church in Manhattan.

A video shows the 65-year-old victim being pushed to the ground and kicked in the head by an unknown passerby during the brutal daylight attack on March 26.

The suspect can be seen stomping on the woman’s head and face at least three times during the unprovoked attack.

Two porters who witnessed the incident were fired after failing to intervene to prevent it, it was found this week.

Brandon Elliot, 38, was formally charged at a court hearing on Monday in the case, the New York Post

The homeless person was on parole for the death of his own mother, who he murdered in the Bronx in 2002.

He was sentenced to 25 years to life for the crime, but was released for life in 2019.

He is scheduled to be charged on April 21 and is charged with two charges of sexual assault as a hate crime, as well as one count of attempted sexual assault in the first degree.

Elliot faces 25 years in prison, plus further sentences for violating his parole if convicted.

In mid-March, the NYPD revealed that it had recorded a 1,300 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic.

On April 4, thousands of people took part in a protest to demand an end to anti-Asian violence in New York City.

The group of at least 3,000 people, made up of activists, residents and local politicians, marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.

People are increasingly speaking against anti-Asian violence and hate crimes after statistics showed a surge in reports over the past 12 months.

A 28-year-old man in Southern California was charged after allegedly throwing stones at an Asian woman and her six-year-old son while driving down the street in late March.

Roger Janke, 28, of Fullerton can face up to six years in prison if found guilty of civil rights violations, vandalism, hate crime promotion and a felony of throwing a substance at a vehicle.