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Olivia Munn, victim's son praise internet, NYPD for assault arrest

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Actress Oliva Munn credited the NYPD and "everyone on social media who cared" with identifying the suspect who shoved her friend's mother during an assault at a Queens bakery earlier this week.

Video Transcript

- A man suspected of attacking an Asian woman on a street in Queens is already back on the street. Patrick Mateo was arraigned last night. And today, new reaction from actress Olivia Munn. She is a friend of the victim's son and is speaking out about the brutality. Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager has more.

OLIVIA MUNN: We don't tend to report a lot of these things. We usually take it on the chin and keep going.

STACEY SAGER: Actress Olivia Munn on CNN this morning with the son of an Asian woman victimized in Flushing this week. In this video, you see her in the black coat as the man in the red hat hurls a box at her, then violently shoves her to the ground.

This gash on her forehead from when she struck a metal newspaper stand on the way down. Munn is a friend of the victim's son, and she sent out a tweet hoping the community would come together with the help of police. And they all did.

OLIVIA MUNN: It was an amazing moment of just seeing how powerful the collective can be when we kind of become an army together.

STACEY SAGER: Detectives announcing the arrest of this man, Patrick Mateo, also of Flushing, who's now been charged with assault and harassment, but not a hate crime. The victim's son says his mother speaks little English, and that's part of the problem. But throughout the city, police say hate crimes against Asians are on the rise.

In 2020, they say, there were 29 anti-Asian hate crimes, 24 of them instances of COVID xenophobia. And that's nearly 10 times the number in 2019. This week alone, the violent attack here in Flushing and two others against older Asian women in the city. The question now, what more can be done? Meanwhile, Patrick Mateo was released already until his next court date.