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: Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Department Of Education Workers Put On Hold By Federal Judge
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: Gabby Petito's Father Announces Creation Of Gabby Petito Foundation Ahead Of Public Memorial Service
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: Gov. Kathy Hochul Increases Pressure On COVID Vaccine Holdouts As Deadline For Health Care Workers Approaches
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.