NY police is searching a man who punched and kicked a 65-year-old woman while making "anti-Asian statements", the latest violent incident following a surge in hate crimes in the United States. The man then proceeds to punch and kick her in the face repeatedly before he runs away.
The video also shows people inside of the building lobby who appear to stop what they are doing to watch the attack unfold.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka objected on her Twitter feed to the recent increase in hate crimes against the Asians in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The woman suffered "serious physical injury" and was hospitalized in stable condition, police said.
On March 16, a gunman killed eight people, including six Asian women, in three separate shootings at spas in the Atlanta area.
"If you see someone being attacked, do whatever you can", he said.
Footage of the New York City assault sees the two people who appeared to be security guards walk into the frame inside the building and one of them closes the door as the woman lies on the ground.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the attack "horrifying and repugnant".
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has shared the video on social media in hopes to get information that could lead to an arrest. Police hope someone can help them identify him.
"These attacks against Asian-American New Yorkers must end", he tweeted.
Early Tuesday, The Brodsky Organization, the company that manages the luxury apartments, said in a statement posted on Instagram that it "condemns all forms of violence, racism, xenophobia, and violence against the Asian American community".
NY accounted for the largest surge from three in 2019 to 28 in 2020, a 833 percent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
According to a report from Stop AAPI Hate, more than 3,795 incidents were reported to the organisation from March 19 last year to February 28 this year, but that is "only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur".