New York police arrested a man in connection with an attack on an Asian American grandmother after he allegedly spit on and punched her.
Glenmore Nembhard, 40, was arrested on Thursday and charged by the Westchester County Office of the District Attorney. He faces a felony charge of assault in the second degree with intent to cause physical injury to a person who is 65 years of age or older, according to NBC News.
Nancy Toh, who is 83, told police that Nembhard attacked her outside of a local shopping center on Tuesday. She reported being knocked to the ground and said she “blacked out momentarily,” suffering face and hip injuries and a possible concussion.
Westchester District Attorney Miriam Rocah released a statement on Friday stating that the incident will be investigated as a possible hate crime.
“Attacks like this one impact all of us,” she said. “They create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation that keeps us from feeling safe and secure in our homes and communities.”
“I urge everyone to report all hate crimes and bias incidents, even if you are not the victim so that law enforcement can track and work to prevent these terrible acts,” Rocah added.
This violent crime is shocking & horrible. Our thoughts are with the victim & her family. This has been charged as a crime against an elderly person & the Westchester DA's office is investigating as a possible hate crime. ⚖️ https://t.co/H5VyS7QhYJ
— DA Mimi Rocah (@WestchesterDA) March 12, 2021
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