Police: 64-year-old Asian woman stabbed to death while walking her dogs in ‘random attack’

RIVERSIDE, CA– Brutal attacks against Asian people has become an increasing problem in this country. The latest incident in California left an Asian woman dead after she was stabbed to death. 

On Saturday, April 3rd, 64-year-old Ke Chieh Meng was stabbed to death as she walked her dogs in a Riverside neighborhood. Shortly after the attack, a 23-year-old transient woman was arrested on suspicion of her murder.

According to the Riverside Police Department, officers received several calls of a woman down on Golden Avenue, near Stonewall Drive in the La Sierra neighborhood, around 7:30 a.m. When police arrived, the woman was found bleeding.

Meng, who police say was “randomly confronted and attacked” by the suspect, was taken to a local hospital with stab wounds to her abdomen. She would later succumbed to her injuries.

Meng’s son, Yi Bai said of his mothers passing:

“My heart… it felt like it was getting torn in half. I’m an only child too. My mother came here to this country to give me my American dream,” 

According to a press release from the department:

“Shortly after, our dispatch center began receiving calls from neighbors reporting a transient woman walking through their yards and appearing suspicious,” 

ABC7 reported that officers checked the area and detained the suspect, Darlene Stephanie Montoya from Monterey Park. She was later booked for murder, weapons violation and suspicion of being under the influence of an illegal substance. She is being held without bail.

Authorities believe at this time that the attack was carried out randomly, and it is not a direct result of the fact that Meng was Asian. 

Officer Ryan Railsback said:

“The suspect is homeless from LA County and is obviously experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues,” 

He added:

“the attack could have happened to anyone.”

Meng’s murder could have been avoided, as her attacker was in police custody just several days prior, but was released due to extremely flawed COVID-19 bail protocols.

On Tuesday, March 30th, Montoya was arrested by Riverside police on the suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after she allegedly attacked a woman with a skateboard on Tyler Avenue at the 91 Freeway, according to police.

She was booked and released with a Notice to Appear citation due to an emergency bail schedule prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meng’s son wants to know why Montoya was released in the first place, allowing her to harm another innocent individual. 

Bai said:

“To have her go out into the streets again — it was just a few days ago that this happened, not a year ago, where they could say that her mental situation had changed,” 

Family members say they hope lawmakers and leaders consider who they’re letting out of jail under new pandemic protocols, NBC4 reported

Bai said:

“I hope they can see from this incident, this person or these people who are getting let out, for clearly a violent, criminal act, I mean… what if it was their daughter?” 

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Man busted for attack on Asian woman in police-defunded NYC was on parole for killing his mom

March 31, 2021

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The man arrested for the brutal assault on an Asian woman in Midtown earlier this week was on parole for killing his own mother with a kitchen knife in 2002.

Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested around 2 a.m. Wednesday and charged with assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime, according to police.

Elliot viciously and repeatedly kicked the 65-year-old woman in an unprovoked attack as she walked along West 43rd Street around 11:40 a.m. on Monday, according to police. As he began his attack, the police said Elliot yelled, “F—k you, you don’t belong here.”

In April 2002, Elliot was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15-year-to-life in prison for using a kitchen knife to stab his mother to death. Bridget Johnson was stabbed three times in the chest. She died a couple of days later.

Johnson’s murder was witnessed by Elliot’s 5-year-old sister, according to a report in the New York Post.

Elliot was released from prison on lifetime parole in November 2019. He had a previous arrest for robbery in 2000.

The arrest of Elliot this week came when police received numerous tips from the public after the police offered a $2,500 reward and released surveillance video that captured the savage attack. He was arrested at a local hotel that serves as a homeless shelter.

The surveillance video shows the victim walking past an apartment building seemingly unaware that the attack was about to occur. Suddenly, Elliot walks up to her and immediately kicks her in the chest, knocking the elderly woman to the sidewalk. He then began stomping and kicking her in the head and face repeatedly.

The victim’s daughter’s boyfriend Luca described the attack:

“She said he was walking towards her and he locked eyes with her. She tried to avoid him, like how people do when you walk in New York City, but he came right for her. After the first hit, she wasn’t even there. I can’t see how she got up from that.”

In addition to the hate-driven assault, the surveillance video sparked more anger because it showed several men standing inside the apartment building watching the attack just feet away. The men did nothing as they watched the attack unfold.

The management company of the apartment building said the men, who are employees of the apartment building, have been suspended. The Brodsky Organization issued a statement on Instagram:

“The Brodsky Organization is aware of the violent assault on an Asian American woman in front of 360 West 43rd Street. The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and violence against the Asian American community.

“The staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union. The Brodsky Organization is also working to identify a third-party delivery vendor present during the incident so that appropriate action can be taken.”

The police department’s Asian Hate Crimes Task Force tweeted a video saying:

“The cold-hearted building security guard not only failed to render aid, he closed the door on the victim.”

The victim was taken to NYU Langone Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, according to authorities. Doctors say she has a fractured pelvis and suffered bruising on the left side of her face, according to Luca:

“She described (how) she got punched and kicked once or twice, but when I saw the video, I couldn’t believe how (many times). Incredible. The guy was huge, like twice me. It’s unbelievable. She did not sleep all night.”

The attack was one of two vicious attacks on Asians in New York City where bystanders did nothing to help the victims. The other attack occurred Saturday on a Brooklyn subway train. Video capturing the attack showed a man attacking an Asian man, punching the man several times, and putting him in a chokehold until he was unconscious. The attacker then slammed the man’s head against a subway seat before leaving the train.

The attacker has not been identified, and a $2,500 reward had been offered in the case.

Attacks on Asian Americans have sharply increased since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The Biden administration announced new actions Tuesday to help combat the rise in violence.

The actions include re-starting the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders and expanding the initiative’s original mandate to include coordination across federal agencies to respond to anti-Asia bias and violence.

Prior to Tuesday, the White House had not taken action to restart the Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, which currently has no direct staff at either the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), where the initiative is housed, or other agencies that are supposed to designate liaisons.

The administration also established a subcommittee on Structural Drivers of Health Inequity and Xenophobia as part of the COVID-19 equity task force. The subcommittee will focus on combating the rise in bias against Asian Americans during the pandemic.

During his first prime time address this month, the President said:

“Too often, we’ve turned against one another. Vicious hate crimes against Asian Americans, who have been attacked, harassed, blamed, and scapegoated.

“At this very moment, so many of them, our fellow Americans, they’re on the frontlines of this pandemic, trying to save lives, and still, they are forced to live in fear for their lives just walking down streets in America. It’s wrong, it’s un-American, and it must stop.”

Police in New York City have begun placing undercover Asian officers around the city to help combat the increase in violence.

Approximately 3,800 hate crimes against Asian Americans have been reported in the United States from March 2020 to April 2021, according to the organization Stop AAPI Hate.

A mass shooting on March 16 in Atlanta, Georgia that killed eight people, six of whom were of Asian descent, prompted protests across the country this weekend to raise awareness about anti-Asian discrimination. Rallies across the country were extensions of Friday’s “National Day of Action and Healing.”

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