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Patrick Mateo arrested, who seen on video shoving a 52-year-old woman to the ground in Flushing in an attack the victim’s family and supporters called an anti-Asian hate crime.
Mateo from Queens was arrested Thursday and booked on charges of assault and harassment.
He is 47 years old.
Patrick Mateo Arrested
He was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. after photos and videos of the attack fueled a social media manhunt Wednesday.
Mateo is charged with assault and harassment but has not been charged with bias offenses. An NYPD spokesperson said he has no prior arrests.
He pushed the woman while she was waiting in line outside the New Flushing Bakery near the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue Tuesday afternoon, police said.
She struck her head “against an object” and was taken to a hospital, a police spokesperson added.
The victim’s daughter, Maggie Kaylie Cheng, posted an image of the man and a description of the attack on Facebook and Instagram Tuesday.
She later posted surveillance footage of the attack and asked for the public’s help identifying Mateo.
“I am heartbroken and devastated,” Cheng wrote Tuesday. “This douchebag was yelling out racial slurs, walks into my mom, and shoved my mother on Main street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, Queens today.”
Cheng said her mother slammed her head against a post and needed 5 to 10 stitches in her forehead.
The NYPD referred questions about hate crime charges to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Queens DA Melinda Katz did not respond to an email and phone call seeking comment.
Mateo had not yet been arraigned as of 11:15 a.m. Thursday.