Melissa will hold a press conference in El Barrio/East Harlem on Saturday morning to denounce a series of vicious muggings against our Asian American neighbors and to urge the community to join in efforts to identify the suspect behind these attacks. Over the past week, this suspect has brutally beaten and robbed six Asian American residents in elevators, including two incidents yesterday alone.
Please join us on the corner of 106th Street and 3rd Avenue at 11:00 a.m. to join in our message that this type of violence Asian Americans or any group of people in our community will not be tolerated!
After the press conference, Melissa will invite participants to distribute flyers in order to help police find the perpetrator of these vicious muggings. Crime Stoppers is currently offering up to $2,000 in cash for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for these crimes. If you have information, please call 1 (800) 577-TIPS.
According to literature distributed by police, “The perpetrator attacks victims of Asian descent by following them into elevators, assaulting them repeatedly by punching them in the face and head and forcefully removing their property. The perpetrator is described as a light skinned male black or male Hispanic, 6’0”- 6’2”, 200 – 230 lbs and wears a black jacket and a black doo-rag or skull cap.”