A man accused of harassing and attacking an Asian girl at New York City this week premiered Friday morning without bail and under oversight less than 24 hours after he was arrested, the Queens District Attorney's Office said Friday.
Patrick Mateo, 47, was arrested Thursday morning at 8:10 a.m. ET in Queens after a video of him allegedly pushing a 53-year-old Asian girl on Tuesday went viral.
"A 52-year-old female victim reported to police she was waiting on the internet at a bakery when an unidentified individual engaged her in a verbal dispute," a spokesperson for the NYPD told Fox News. "The person pushed the victim and [caused] her to hit her head against an item."
Mateo is due in court for all these charges on April 21. His attorney declined to comment Friday as it's an open instance.
Videos of the incident went viral on the world wide web, thanks in part to celebrity Olivia Munn, who's friends with all the victim's son.
Hate crimes against Asian people have soared 1,900% in New York within the past year, based on NYPD information, with a few people attributing the uptick to the coronavirus pandemic.
The tide of attacks directed President Joe Biden to issue an executive order condemning racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the USA.