Hate Crime: Man Who Violently Attacked Asian Woman in Yonkers Indicted

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YONKERS, NY – After conducting a thorough investigation, the Yonkers Police Department has charged a man who violently assaulted a 67-year-old Asian woman inside her Riverview Avenue apartment building in March.

According to police, on March 11, in an apartment building on Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers, Tammel Eesco approached an Asian woman inside the vestibule of the building.

“Esco was captured on surveillance video punching the 67-year-old Asian woman more than 100 times, repeatedly stomping on her, then spitting on her, all while yelling racially offensive slurs at her,” police reported. “Yonkers Police Department officers and detectives quickly responded to the scene to render aid to the female victim. The victim was transported to the Westchester Medical Center and suffered bleeding on the brain, multiple facial fractures, and bruising and lacerations to the head and face. Yonkers Police Detectives placed Esco under arrest shortly thereafter.”

This week, Esco was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury for Attempted Murder in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree as a Hate Crime, Assault in the First Degree, three counts of Assault in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, and three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, all violent felonies. ESCO was arraigned in Westchester County Court on July 19, 2022 and is being held without bail.

“Due to the quick response by our Officers and Detectives, this woman received the medical attention that she urgently needed, all while an intense investigation took place resulting in the quick arrest of this violent individual,” said Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza. “This investigation included top-tier Police work which led to the arrest and now indictment of this man. He will now have to face the justice system to answer for his actions as the courts hold him accountable for this violent crime. The Yonkers Police Department does not tolerate violence in our city, especially not acts of violence rooted in bias.”

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