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Actor Daniel Wu Offers $15,000 Reward For Info on Suspects Who Set Elderly Asian Woman on Fire

Actor Daniel Wu is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the two unidentified men who set a 90-year-old Chinese American woman on fire in New York City, TODAYOnline reports.

The elderly Asian woman was reportedly slapped and set on fire by two men on July 14, in what is said to be a COVID-19 motivated hate crime. The woman survived the incident without any serious injuries.

After reading reports about the attacks, Wu, who is known for his role in Tomb Raider, told The Brooklyn Eagle, that he decided to match the $15,000 reward fund established by the board and friends of Homecrest Community Services (HCS) and musician MC Jin.

“I was appalled when I saw the news that a 90-year-old grandmother was struck and set on fire in a racially motivated attack,” Wu told The Brooklyn Eagle. “This attack must be classified as a hate crime and be treated that way by the police department as they continue to investigate.

“We all need to stand up against hateful actions like this and bring the perpetrators to justice,” he added. “That’s why I’m offering an additional $15,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these individuals.”

Wu posted about the reward on his Instagram to raise awareness.

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The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators that attacked a 90-year-old senior has increased to $30,000. After seeing reports of the attack in the last few weeks, actor Daniel Wu has pledged an additional $15,000 to match the $15,000 reward fund established by the board and friends of Homecrest Community Services (HCS) and musician MC Jin. “I was appalled when I saw the news that a 90-year-old grandmother was struck and set on fire in a racially motivated attack,” said Wu. “This attack must be classified as a hate crime and be treated that way by the police department as they continue to investigate. “We all need to stand up against hateful actions like this and bring the perpetrators to justice,” he added. “That’s why I’m offering an additional $15,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these individuals.”HCS, which provides services to seniors and immigrants mostly in south Brooklyn, first found out about the attack through community members. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, HCS was a key distributor of meals to seniors, and created specialized meals for Asian seniors. The non-profit organization launched a petition and reward following the attack to shine light on the increase in anti-Asian bias crimes. “As we continue to work with law enforcement on investigating this crime and classifying it as a hate crime, it is encouraging to see support for our efforts,” said Don Lee, board chair of Homecrest Community Services. “We thank Daniel Wu for his support and generous donation. We are hopeful that this increase to the reward will encourage more people to come forward with information on those behind this attack.” “The only way we can instill change is to work together. Keep raising awareness,” said MC Jin. “Keep using your voices. We will be heard.” Sign the petition to #EndAsianHateCrimes in the bio.

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Wu and Homecrest Community Services hope the increased reward will encourage people to come forward.

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