The man who was arrested on Thursday for assaulting a 52-year-old Asian woman in Flushing, Queens was released early this morning. Patrick Mateo, 47, was released from custody this morning at around 3 a.m. without bail, according to the Forest Hills Post. Mateo was arrested yesterday on charges of assault and harassment after photos and videos of him assaulting 52-year-old Asian woman, who was waiting in line at a bakery, went viral. In the video, Mateo throws a box at the woman before pushing her to the ground. The woman hit her head on the concrete and passed out on the floor.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 52-year-old Asian woman violently shoved yesterday in Flushing, Queens. Witness says assailant threw box of spoons at her, yelling slurs before he shoved her. She blacked out, needed stitches on her forehead. Tonight at 11p #StopAsianHateCrimes #ProtectOurElders pic.twitter.com/39FGzlKT7I
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) February 18, 2021
Police said the attack was not considered a hate crime. The woman's daughter, Maggie Cheng, said in an Instagram post that Mateo had called the woman racial slurs before attacking her.
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Mateo was released “under supervision,” details of which are unknown at this time. Do you have a hate incident to report? Help us document the recent rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans by going to STOP AAPI HATE to report an incident. Please stay safe out there. Feature Image via @CeFaanKim (left), @mccvx (right)
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