NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly pushing a 77-year-old Asian man to the ground.
It happened around 11:15 a.m. Monday in front of J&R NY Supermarket on Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay.READ MORE: Driver Wanted After Jeep Plowed Into Family On Bronx Sidewalk; 'Car Sped Up To Hit Us,' Witness Says
Police said the victim was looking at vegetables outside the store, when the suspect knocked him down and kept walking.
Investigators believe it was a random attack and no words were exchanged.
Surveillance video taken before the assault shows the suspect grab a bouquet of flowers outside a store and throw it across the sidewalk.READ MORE: Gottlieb Says US Needs New Vaccine Strategy As Pace Of Shots Lags
Police announced Wednesday that 27-year-old Joseph Russo, of Brooklyn, had been arrested.
Russo is facing charges of assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
He is also facing charges in connection to another incident in Brooklyn.MORE NEWS: Suspect Accused Of Forcing Woman To Perform Sex Act, Then Robbing Her In Queens
Police say on March 22, Russo allegedly approached a 32-year-old Asian woman on Kings Highway and grabbed and pulled her hair. He then let her go and walked away without saying anything.