Chinese Immigrant Dies of Injuries Months After Attack

Yao Pan Ma, 61, was collecting cans in East Harlem
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2021 1:00 PM CDT
Updated Jan 8, 2022 1:00 PM CST
NYPD Seeks Suspect in 'Horrific Attack' on Asian Man
The NYPD released this surveillance image of the suspect.   (NYPD)

(Newser) Update: A Chinese immigrant who was brutally attacked in April while collecting cans in East Harlem has died of his injuries, the AP reports. Yao Pan Ma, 61, died Dec. 31, police said Saturday. The attack drew national attention during the increase in hate crimes against Asian people. Police said they're treating his death as a homicide. Jarrod Powell, 49, of New York City, already is charged with attempted murder, felony assault, and hate crime charges in the case. Our original story from April follows:

The New York Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating what the NYPD describes as a "horrific attack" on an Asian man Friday night. Police have released surveillance images and a graphic video of the attack, which left a 61-year-old man in critical condition, NBC New York reports. Police say the attacker approached the victim from behind in East Harlem around 8:20pm, knocked him to the ground, and repeatedly kicked him in the head, reports CNN. No arrests have been made and police have not confirmed that the attack was racially motivated. A witness tells the New York Daily News that the man had been collecting bottles and "minding his business" before he was attacked. (A bill to combat the steep rise in anti-Asian attacks passed the Senate in a 94-1 vote Thursday.)

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