Who is Alexander Wright?
Alexander Wright is a homeless man who accused of attacking an Asian American woman during a broad daylight hate crime assault in New York City had been arrested at least 17 times prior, sources said Tuesday, as the Big Apple’s top cop slams the lenient treatment of repeat criminals for “putting New Yorkers at risk.”
How old is Hate Crime Suspect?
He is 48 years old.
Alexander Wright Charges
Alexander Wright, 48, was charged with assault as a hate crime, misdemeanor assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance – a synthetic form of marijuana called K2 – in connection with the Monday evening attack, a New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson said Tuesday.
Alexander Wright Assaulting Video
Video of Alexander Wright’s attack shows the 55-year-old woman, who walking in New York City’s Chinatown, in the area of Bayard and Mott streets, around 6:15 p.m., according to officials. As she walks through what appears to be an outdoor eatery, the hooded Black man hits her in the face and she falls to the ground, the video shows.
Wright can then be heard saying something to a bystander and lingering in the area as witnesses rush over to the motionless victim.
New York State Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou shared video of the attack on Twitter and said the victim was conscious and alert.
Police were nearby at the time of the attack and quickly arrested Wright, who lives in a homeless shelter, authorities said.
This was just sent to me from my constituent. This just happened in my district in Chinatown. He has been arrested and our precinct is investigating. pic.twitter.com/sxNfCbrlza
— Yuh-Line Niou (@yuhline) May 31, 2021
The assault happened outside a restaurant on Bayard Street in Chinatown. While others ran to her side and called 911, restaurant workers held the suspect in place. Zhen ran to a nearby police precinct for assistance.
“I know the 5th precinct is 300 feet away, so I dashed over,” Zhen said. “I think the best way to keep everyone safe and myself was calling police officer.”
His fast thinking helped authorities quickly arrest 48-year-old Alexander Wright, who has been charged with a number of things, including assault as a hate crime. He’s been in trouble with the law many other times, according to the police commissioner.
Alexander Wright Crime Record?
“Lives in a shelter, arrested eight times in the last year, randomly assaulting people, setting fires. The guy that was arrested on Friday setting fires. What are we doing in society, we’re releasing these people right back onto the street?” Shea said.
The commissioner says this is when laws intersect with people on the street. He and the mayor agree the city needs to do better.
“We have more work to do with mental health and criminal justice, got to glue them together,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The latest NYPD numbers show that hate crimes against Asians are up 353% in New York City since last year: 86 incidents this year so far, compared to 19 all of last year. With violence rising, so are worries.
“Scared, really scared,” said Chinatown resident Oimui Psang,
“I worry about my parents, they’re old,” said Erian Chao.
Victims Health Condition
Police say the 55-year-old victim is OK. She has already been released from the hospital.
According to the NYPD, what appears to be the drug K2 was found on the suspect. Police say he is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the hospital.
Watch the full interview 🔽 pic.twitter.com/ByZ8bcnjEE
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 1, 2021
He called it “craziness” that someone who is arrested for committing a crime such as “pushing a woman down the stairs” could be released back onto the street.
Shea said Wright has been arrested eight times in the past year alone and has been accused of “randomly assaulting people” and “setting fires.”
“We need help with some of these laws. We cannot be just chasing our tail, catch and release, catch and release,” he continued. “What are we doing in society when we’re releasing these people right back onto the street within a half-hour? … It’s putting New Yorkers at risk.”