NEW YORK CITY, NY – Earlier in February, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on an incident that occurred in New York City where a 52-year-old Asian woman was violently shoved down by a male suspect – with the attack requiring stitches for the victim’s head.
As it turns out, the suspect allegedly behind the attack – identified by authorities as 47-year-old Patrick Mateo – was released from jail in under 24 hours after his arrest.
And due to the charge brought against Mateo, he did not have to post any sort of bail.
— Curious Reporter (@ReporterCurious) February 22, 2021
According to reports, the Queens District Attorney’s Office stated that Mateo was arrested on February 18th at approximately 8:10 a.m. and was charged with third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor.
Then, at approximately 3:00 a.m. on February 19th, Mateo was released from jail without having to post bail due to third-degree assault falling under the infamous bail reform law within the state.
Mateo is now free from jail on his own recognizance, and is due back in court on April 21st.
According to the Law Offices of Daniel A. McGuinness, those convicted of third-degree assault in New York could face up to one year in jail, up to three years’ probation, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
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As mentioned above, we at Law Enforcement previously reported on this incident, detailing the efforts employed that resulted in identifying the suspect allegedly behind the attack.
Here’s that previous report from earlier in February.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – A 52-year-old woman was reportedly attacked outside of a bakery in New York City on February 16th, which resulted in the victim having to get 10 stitches to her head, according to family members.
Heartbroken to write another one of these. Keep your eyes open. Protect yourselves and each other because apparently no one is going to step in and help https://t.co/EQaNYmlNcQ
— Kiki Intarasuwan (@kintarasu) February 18, 2021
Surveillance footage captured the incident where the woman was assaulted on February 16th while she was waiting in line at the store on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, Queens.
A male suspect, who police later identified as Patrick Mateo, can be seen throwing what appears to be a box at the victim and then shoved her to the ground.
When falling, the victim had collided with a row of newspaper vending machines and struck her head on the concrete, which is where the victim sustained the injury to her head that required stitches.
Maggie Kayla Cheng, the victim’s daughter, stated that her mother was shoved down, “with such force that she hit her head on the concrete and passed out on the floor.”
It’s not exactly clear when police took Mateo into custody following the incident, as well as what unfolded between police and the suspect when the arrest was enacted.
Update—NYPD says thanks to tips from the community, the suspect in this case has been apprehended. pic.twitter.com/qkOiEuoO1N
— Gilma Avalos (@GilmaAvalos) February 18, 2021
All that has been shared thus far is that Mateo is facing charges of assault and harassment.
From what the victim’s son, who didn’t want to be identified by name, says of the incident was that it had stemmed from the suspect, “freaking out,” while not wearing a face covering and demanding the victim to get away from him.
The victim had reportedly pulled out some pepper spray on the suspect, which that’s when the purported assault occurred, according to the victim’s son.
In this recent case, the 52-year-old woman was identified as being Asian-American, which said community has been affected by an increasing number of assaults lately, according to the Asian American Bar Association of New York.
However, the incident from February 16th is currently not being investigated as a hate crime. The victim’s son apparently concurs with his mother’s assault not being racially motivated based upon “the facts the detectives got” while investigating.
But aside from motivating factors, the victim’s son believes that this incident serves as a means to remind people to be aware of their environment:
“The messaging is important. I think raising awareness to this issue is important. I’m sure this won’t be the only one or the last one. Keep your eyes open and keep your family safe be mindful of your surroundings.”
Apparently, actress Olivia Munn had helped spread awareness to this investigation, citing that she personally knows one of the victim’s children on Twitter, which the NYPD later credited as having helped investigators:
“My friend’s mom is a 5’3” 50+ Chinese woman and she was attacked by this guy in Flushing, NY yesterday on Main St and Roosevelt between 2-4pm. She left the hospital with 10 stitches in her head. We’re gonna find this guy. Queens, Internet, please… do your shit.”
— O M (@oliviamunn) February 17, 2021
When word got back on the suspect in the case being arrested, Munn took to Twitter to thank her followers in helping create awareness of the case:
“Ohmygod you guys!!! I’m beyond grateful to all of you for caring and posting and retweeting and FINDING THIS GUY!!! I love you all so much. The Asian community felt your outrage and support and YOU GUYS DID THIS!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you.”
Ohmygod you guys!!! I’m beyond grateful to all of you for caring and posting and retweeting and FINDING THIS GUY!!! I love you all so much.
The Asian community felt your outrage and support and YOU GUYS DID THIS!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/vo3ZiPGmb0
— O M (@oliviamunn) February 18, 2021
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