Doormen Who Stood By as Asian Woman Brutally Attacked Outside New York Building Fired

Staff members of a New York building have reportedly been fired after they failed to help an Asian woman who was brutally attacked in broad daylight on a Manhattan sidewalk.

The Brodksy Organization, the management company that owns the high-end apartment building at 360 West 43 Street, announced the building's doormen were fired after surveillance videos raised criticism for their actions—or lack thereof—when a 65-year-old woman was assaulted on her way to church the morning of March 29.

BREAKING: The Brodsky organization says the doormen involved in the incident at the building on W. 43rd St. in New York - where an Asian woman was attacked and the staff close the door - have been fired. #NYC #BreakingNews @CBSNews @CBSNewsRadio

— Matt Pieper (@MattPieper) April 6, 2021

The video, released by the police, shows a man kicking the woman in the torso and stomping on her head and upper body, and also saying, "[Expletive] you, you don't belong here,"as reported by The New York Times. The tape shows two of the building's employees closing the front door as the victim is lying on the ground after the attacker has casually walked away. The bystanders were quickly condemned across social media for refusing to help the woman.

This is a disgusting display of both hatred and indifference. We cannot allow this violence to continue. New Yorkers cannot stand by silently while a fellow New Yorker is attacked. We MUST stand together as one community to #StopAsianHate once and for all. https://t.co/YiYpHirHUy

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 30, 2021

"If you see someone being attacked, do whatever you can," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, according to NBC News. "Make noise. Call out what's happening. Go and try and help. Immediately call for help. Call 911. This is something where we all have to be part of the solution. We can't just stand back and watch a heinous act happening."

🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: Do you know this guy? On 3/29/21 at approx 11:40 AM, in front of 360 W 43 St in Manhattan, the suspect punched and kicked a 65-year-old woman while making anti-Asian statements. Any info? DM @NYPDTips or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/WRE4kSHtRG

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 30, 2021

The bystanders' employer responded immediately after the attack.

"The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American community," the company said in a statement on March 29, adding that the staff members who witnessed the attack and did not intervene were suspended pending an investigation and consultation with their union.

While social media comments rebuked the employees, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea didn't admonish the bystanders in a press conference on March 31. He said he understands that although he would have wanted anyone to help in the situation, they could have been too scared to get involved.

"My focus is on the victim and my focus is on the individual—let's not lose sight of who is responsible for this, and that is the individual who committed the crime," Shea said.

Tips from the public helped New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force identified the suspect of the assault, Brandon Elliot, 38, on March 31. Elliot, a homeless man, was previously convicted 2002 of stabbing his mother to death, according to New York magazine. He was released in 2019 on lifetime parole.

Elliot is facing two counts of assault in the second degree as a hate crime and one count of attempted assault in the first degree as a hate crime, according to the district attorney's office, NBC News reported. If convicted, Elliot could face up to 25 years in prison "as well as other consequences due to his lifetime parole," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said the joint press conference with Shea. Elliot lived at a hotel that served as a homeless shelter a few blocks away from the scene of the attack.

Elliot's lawyers said in a statement they "strongly urge the public to reserve judgment until all the facts are presented in court."

⚠️ ARRESTED

Brandon Elliot, a parolee out on supervised release, has been arrested & charged w/ this brutal assault.

Great work by your @NYPDDetectives, identifying & apprehending the assailant, all within 48 hrs — always seeking justice for victims. https://t.co/NVdIO8WVhD

— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) March 31, 2021

The attack happened amid a series of violence incidents targeting Asian American in the U.S., including a shooting at spas in the Atlanta area last month that killed six Asian women. NYPD said there have been 33 hate crimes against Asians as of March 28.

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Doorman who were bystanders in an attack against an Asian woman in New York City have been fired. Members and supporters of the Asian-American community take part on the nationwide day of protests against anti-Asian violence in the Queens borough of New York on March 27, 2021. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

This story has been updated to include comment from de Blasio, Vance and Shea.

Newsweek has reached out to the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force and the Brodsky Organization for comment, but did not receive a reply by publication time.