Suspect reportedly called woman “Asian bitch” before coming up behind her and decking her with vicious knock-out game-style assault.
A black man in New York faces a felony hate crime murder charge after he was caught on camera beating a 67-year-old Asian woman moments after he directed a hateful slur at her.
Surveillance footage from last week shows the Asian woman arriving at her apartment in Yonkers after passing Tammel Esco, 42, who was standing outside her building.
Esco reportedly called the woman an “Asian bitch” before she entered her building’s vestibule. He then came up behind her and decked her with a sucker punch.
Esco punched the woman over 100 times, stomped her with his foot and spit on her.
After the beating, the woman can be seen writhing on the floor with blood on her hands.
The victim was found to have suffered multiple contusions, facial bone fractures, lacerations and brain bleeding after being transported to a local trauma center where she’s reportedly in stable condition.
Esco, who’s been held without bail, faces charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime.
The Yonkers Police Department described the horrendous attack in a press release, saying Esco hit her “more than 125 times”:
On Friday, March 11th, 2022, at approximately 6:11 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to an apartment building in the confines of the 3rd Precinct on several reports of a dispute; information was given that a woman was bleeding at scene and the suspect was in front of the location.
Upon arrival officers located the victim, an elderly female, in the vestibule of the building with severe facial injuries; she was transported to a local area trauma center. The suspect was located outside the building and placed into custody without incident.
Investigation yielded that the victim, a 67-year-old resident of the City of Yonkers, was returning home and saw the suspect in front of the building. As she walked past him, he called her an “Asian bitch;” the victim is of Asian descent.
Ignoring his comment, the victim entered the vestibule of the building and was attempting to open the second door to enter the lobby when, without warning, the suspect approached from behind and punched her in the head, knocking her to the floor; he then stood over her and proceeded to punch her in the head and face more than 125 times with alternating fist strikes before foot-stomping her seven times and spitting on her.
As a result of the beating, the victim suffered multiple contusions and lacerations to her head and face, facial bone fractures, and bleeding on the brain; she is currently listed in stable condition and is recovering in the hospital. The incident was captured on surveillance video.
Mayor Mike Spano stated, “Hate crimes are beyond intolerable in our city. I applaud our Yonkers Police for swiftly apprehending this violent criminal and removing him from our streets. I expect the suspect to be charged to the fullest extent of the law for his heinous actions. I continue to keep the victim and her family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Commissioner John J. Mueller stated, “This is one of the most appalling attacks I have ever seen; to beat a helpless woman is despicable and targeting her because of her race makes it more so. This defendant must be held to the maximum punishment allowed by law to send a clear message that hateful, violent behavior will not be tolerated in our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family, that she may make a full recovery.”
ESCO was arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court on March 12th and remanded into the custody of the Westchester County Jail; his next court date is scheduled for March 25th. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Additional information may be released as it becomes available.