New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the attack near Times Square “horrifying and repugnant” and he ordered the state police’s Hate Crimes Task Force to offer its assistance to the NYPD.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the attack and has asked anyone with information to contact the department. No arrests have been made.
The woman was hospitalised with serious injuries. She was in stable condition on Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson said.
According to video footage of the New York City assault, the two people who appeared to be security guards walked into the frame and one of them closed the building door as the woman was on the ground.
The property developer and manager of the building, Brodsky Organization, wrote on Instagram that it was aware of the assault and said staff members who witnessed it were suspended pending an investigation.
The head of the union representing building workers disputed allegations that the door staff failed to act. He said the union has information that they called for help immediately.
“Our union is working to get further details for a more complete account, and urges the public to avoid a rush to judgment while the facts are determined,” SEIU 32BJ President Kyle Bragg said in a written statement. He condemned the attack as “yet another example of the unbridled hate and terror” against Asian-Americans.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called Monday’s attack “disgusting.”
“I don’t know who attacks a 65-year-old woman and leaves her on the street like that,” Shea said Tuesday on TV station NY1.
Shea recently said the agency would increase its outreach and patrols in predominantly Asian communities.
According to a report from Stop AAPI Hate, more than 3795 incidents were reported to the organisation from March 19, 2020, to February 28.
The organisation, which tracks incidents of discrimination, hate and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US said that number is “only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur.”