According to the son of the victim, his Asian mother was violently attacked in Flushing, Queens, New York by a man in an unprovoked attack. Instagram user chengslate said his mother who’s 5’3 inches tall and over 50 years old was pushed by an assailant on Main Street and Roosevelt on Tuesday around 2-4 pm. The assailant has been identified as Patrick Mateo.
According to the victim’s daughter Maggie Kayla Cheng, the man pushed her so hard that she hit her head on a nearby pole and ended up passing out. The mother had to get 5-10 stitches on her forehead and spend 4-5 hours at the hospital.
An eyewitness to the attack followed the man around taking pictures of the alleged suspect. The siblings are asking anyone with information about the man to contact them.
UPDATE – According to ABC New New York, the 52-year-old victim was waiting in line outside a bakery when the altercation occurred. The man got into a verbal altercation with the woman and allegedly yelled “Get the (expletive) out of my way” before he pushed her. She was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Queens where she was treated for her injuries.
Security video of the incident was also released.
Two other Asian women were violently attacked yesterday in New York City. A 68-year-old was punched in the head in Harlem waiting for the train and a 71-year-old was punched in the face at the Times Square subway station.
UPDATE – 2/18/21 – The suspect has been apprehended. He has been identified as 47-year-old Patrick Mateo. He has been charged with assault and intent to cause physical injury and harassment.