Police have arrested 48-year-old Steven Zatorski for allegedly assaulting an Asian man in Midtown Manhattan while yelling about immigrants and “white power”, officials said on Tuesday.
According to police, Zatorski went up to the 30-year-old victim on Monday morning at around 10:40 a.m. on Third Avenue near 53rd Street and shouted, “You are a f*cking immigrant!” before kicking the man twice in the leg and punching him in the face and back of the head.
He then bellowed out, “Go back to you country” and “We are white power,” NBC New York reported.
The victim, identified by the New York Post as a delivery worker, was treated at the scene for suffering swelling to his eye and bruising, police said.
Zatorski was arrested and has also been charged with misdemeanor assault and assault as a hate crime after witnesses told an NYPD transit officer about the beating.
Zatorski, who resides at a Sixth Avenue condo building that has a 24-hour concierge, was held on $5,000 bail at Rikers Island, police confirmed.
However, a man who claimed to be related to the suspect denied the allegations.
Zatorski and the victim did not appear to know one another prior to the attack on Monday.
A similar incident occurred back in February, when a Korean grandmother was randomly hit in the head by a Caucasian woman who screamed “white power” on the streets of Los Angeles before attempting to run off.