The suspect that viciously attacked an elderly Asian woman in Yonkers, New York earlier this year has been indicted on hate crime charges, court documents show.
Tammel Esco, a 42-year-old black male with an extensive and violent criminal record, was caught-on-camera brutally beating a 67-year-old Asian woman on March 11. Esco allegedly punched the victim more than 100 times, and repeatedly stomped on her body.
On Tuesday, Tammel Esco was indicted on hate crime charges that include: attempted murder in the second degree as a hate crime, attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree as a hate crime, assault in the first degree, three counts of assault in the second degree as a hate crime and three counts of assault in the second degree, according to NBC New York.
He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in Westchester County Jail, according to a spokeswoman for Westchester District Attorney’s office.
Police documents show that officers responded to a 911 call around 6:15 pm on March 11 from a witness who saw Esco punching the woman while on top of her. The victim was found by responding officers badly beaten and bloodied in the vestibule of her building with Esco still outside.
*** NEWS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police arrest local man in brutal hate-crime beating of Asian woman
Tammel ESCO charged with attempted murder as a hate crime for beating 67-year-old woman
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According to police, the victim passed by Esco, who lives in the same building, on her way home and he yelled a racial slur at her, which she ignored. After the victim went to unlock the second door to enter the lobby, the suspect punched her in the head from behind and knocked her to the floor. He then punched her in the head and face over 125 times and foot-stomped on her seven times before spitting on her.
The victim was hospitalized after suffering facial bone fractures, brain bleeding, and multiple contusions and lacerations.
Esco will appear in court on August 2.
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