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Asian woman attacked and her cat killed in Brooklyn park

An attack at a Brooklyn, New York park on April 4th left a Thai woman and her boyfriend assaulted and their pet cat killed. According to Green Pointers, the incident occurred around 6 pm at McCarren Park. Chanan Aksornnan, who goes by Chef Bao Bao and owns the Baoburg restaurant, was walking her two cats, dog, and bird with her boyfriend when a 12-year-old boy ran into the leash of the cat dragging it.

Chanan said the cat flew into the air and fell back on the ground hard, reports NY City Lens. The cat tried to escape the leash but Chanan said the boy didn’t stop once again dragging the cat. She held her cat and found the claws of its right paw ripped out. Worse, Chanan noticed that the incident was aggravating her cat’s heart condition.

When Chanan confronted the boy, he ran away to his family. But the family was not having it when Chanan confronted them and a verbal assault began before it turned physical.

Certain members of the family then allegedly physically attacked Chanan and her boyfriend.


“The family not only did not offer any apology nor remorse,” Chanan told Green Pointers. “They immediately began a verbal abuse which escalated into a physical assault. I got punched and kicked by three women.

“The emotional stress and heartache from losing our beloved cat is tormenting us to this day.”

Chanan also said her boyfriend was punched resulting in a broken nose and glasses.

Ponzu died at the scene.

Chanan Aksornnan filed a police report and they said they are investigating the incident and told the Daily Mail, “On Sunday, April 4, 2021 at approximately 1651 hours police responded to a 911 call of an assault inside of McCarren Park within the confines of the 94th Precinct. 

“Upon arrival police were informed by a 34 year-old female that she had a dispute with an unknown Hispanic female suspect when the suspect punched and kicked the victim causing cuts and bruises. 

“A 50 year-old male intervened in the dispute and was struck with a closed fist to his face causing a laceration to his nose. The suspect then fled the location.

Update – 4/22/21 – According to People, 42-year-old Evelyn Serrano was arrested for her alleged involvement in the incident. She was charged with assault.

Update – 4/29/21 – According to New York City Lens, 34-year-old Julie Rodriguez was arrested on April 28th and charged in connection to the incident.

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