BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Police have charged a Brooklyn man with assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime for three separate anti-Asian attacks across Brooklyn.
The most recent incident was Monday morning when Joseph Russo, 27, allegedly pushed a 77-year-old man to the ground in front of J&R Supermarket on Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay.
The victim was bruised on the arm but is okay.
On March 22, a 32-year-old Asian woman was walking on King’s Highway in Sheepshead Bay when Russo allegedly pulled her hair, hurting her head and neck.
After each attack Russo walked away without saying anything.
Police say the first incident occurred on March 5 when Russo allegedly pushed a 64-year-old Asian woman to the ground on West 6th Street in Bensonhurst.
The NYPD says Russo has 12 prior arrests for crimes including assault, public lewdness and criminal trespassing.
Police list address as living in Bensonhurst.
The building’s superintendent tells NY1 Russo has been living there as a squatter and is a troublesome presence.