A suspect has been arrested in the attack against a 61-year-old Asian man that happened Friday night in East Harlem.
The suspect, 49-year-old Jarrod Powell, is charged with attacking Yao Pan Ma while he was collecting cans. Powell, who is black, allegedly attacked Ma from behind in an unprovoked attack and repeatedly stomped on him as he lay on the ground, WABC reported. Ma’s family says he is still in a coma following the attack.
Powell was taken into custody after tips from the community poured in. Powell was reportedly seen at a shelter near where the attack happened. He was arrested and charged, with the charges upgraded Tuesday “to attempted murder and assault as a hate crime,” WABC reported.
Ma immigrated to New York’s Chinatown two years ago, but moved to Harlem after the family’s apartment burned down. Ma then lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de