Brandon Elliot, the man who violently stomped and kicked Vilma Kari, 65, outside of a building in New York City in March, has pleaded not guilty to hate crime charges on Monday.
The details: The 38-year-old’s bail is set at a $1 million bond or $500,000 in cash, according to PIX11.
- Elliot was held at Anna M. Kross Correctional Facility at the Rikers Island jail complex.
- Authorities arrested Elliot on March 31. He was charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime.
- Elliot was reported to be on parole for stabbing his own mother in 2002.
- He is scheduled to appear in court on July 14, and if found guilty, he could face up to 25 years in jail.
The attack: The victim was on her way to church in Manhattan when she was violently attacked by Elliot on March 29. The suspect made anti-Asian sentiments while assaulting the victim, telling her, “F*ck you, you don’t belong here.”
- Kari suffered a fractured pelvis and contusions to the head from the attack, which went viral after surveillance footage was released showing the building’s doormen closing the door on her during the attack.
- A GoFundMe for Kari has raised over $270,000 as of this writing. In the latest update on May 8, Kari’s daughter has announced the seven organizations helping AAPI communities they plan to donate to.