Daniel Wu Offers $15,000 to Find Men Who Set 89-Year-Old Chinese American Woman on Fire

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Daniel Wu has offered an additional $15,000 to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators responsible for setting an 89-year-old Chinese American woman ablaze in New York.

The incident, which caught two male suspects on camera, took place near 16th Ave. and 77th St. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn around 6:45 p.m. on July 14.

 

The victim, now 90, just stepped outside her home when the suspects allegedly approached and slapped her face.

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When she moved away, they set the back of her shirt on fire with either a match or a lighter, according to investigators.

The suspects captured on surveillance camera. Image Screenshot via New York Police Department

The victim reportedly rubbed her back against a wall as soon as she realized she was in flames. Fortunately, she did not suffer any serious injury.

The suspects did not rob the victim. Community members believe the incident was a hate crime, but the police have not found any evidence to support the claim.

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The victim’s burned shirt. Image via CeFaan Kim of ABC 7

Wu’s pledge matches the existing $15,000 reward fund from Homecrest Community Services (HCS) and musician MC Jin.

“I was appalled when I saw the news that a 90-year-old grandmother was struck and set on fire in a racially motivated attack,” Wu told the Brooklyn Eagle. “This attack must be classified as a hate crime and be treated that way by the police department as they continue to investigate. We all need to stand up against hateful actions like this and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

 

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HCS was a major meal distributor to Asian American seniors at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Board Chair Don Lee believes the incident was a hate crime.

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“There are a lot of other people who live in this neighborhood but they purposely picked — two individuals purposely picked on an Asian woman, Asian senior to commit this heinous crime. There’s no other reason other than it’s a hate crime,” Lee told ABC 7 NY in July.

MC Jin, who managed to speak to the victim, also believes it was a hate crime.

“This 90-year-old Asian Grandma represents exactly what we need at this time,” he told NextShark. “A strength and boldness to speak out on atrocities such as what happened to her so that there can be change. I thank her and everyone who is doing their part to amplify the voices of the unheard.”

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China Mac also led protests to condemn the incident and organized a fundraiser for the victim. However, the latter refused to accept donations.

The reward for locating the two attackers and putting them under arrest and conviction is believed to currently total at $30,000.

Feature Image Screenshots via @iammcjin (left) and @thatdanielwu (right)

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