Jarrod Powell, 49, was detained early Tuesday morning and the NYPD recommends that he faces two counts of felony assault, the NYPD said. It’s unclear whether Powell has retained an attorney.
Police previously said the victim was approached from behind on an East Harlem corner Friday, struck in the back and, after he fell to the ground, kicked in the head multiple times.
The incident was being investigated as a possible hate crime, the NYPD said. CNN has reached out to the police department asking why hate crime charges were not pursued and whether its hate crimes task force is still investigating the case.
CNN has reached out to prosecutors for comment on what charges they are planning to pursue.
The victim, who was not named by police, was taken to a Harlem hospital with significant injuries.
The NYPD has said its investigating more than 60 possible hate crimes against Asian Americans this year, and 42 incidents through the end of March have been classified as hate crimes.
About 20% of the respondents said former President Donald Trump’s “rhetoric about China as the source of the pandemic” as well as his racist labeling of the coronavirus as the “kung flu” or “Chinese flu” has contributed to the mounting violence, according to the survey.
The group, which chronicles hate and harassment incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the pandemic, said it has received 503 reports of anti-Asian hate and bias so far this year.
Source: CNN – US News