The New York Times has gathered that the lobby staff members who were around while a Filipino-American woman was brutally attacked outside their Manhattan apartment building have been sacked.
In a letter sent to residents, Rick Mason, executive director of management at the Brodsky Organization, which owns the building, disclose to them that the two doormen were being terminated after they failed to follow “required emergency and safety protocols.”
65 year old Vilma Kari was kicked and jumped on several times by a 38 year old man, Brandon Elliot last week in what has become an alarming rise in anti-Asian violence across the United States since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elliot allegedly told Kari, “You don’t belong here.” She suffered a fractured pelvis from the attack.Initially, the doormen were suspended, pending the time investigation will be concluded by Brodsky Organization.
Surveillance footage from inside the building shows staff members looking on motionless as Kari was seen laid on the ground with another doorman walking over to the close the door to the entrance with the victim just a few feet away.“While the full lobby video shows that once the assailant had departed, the doormen emerged to assist the victim and flag down an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that required emergency and safety protocols were not followed,” a statement from the Brodsky Organization reads.
Elliott has since been arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault in the attack he perpetrated against the woman. He was released from prison two years ago and placed on lifetime parole after being convicted in 2002 of killing his mother when he was 19 years old.