Photo from Instagram via Maggie Kayla Cheng
The Queens District Attorney’s office announced Friday that authorities released without bail the man arrested in the viral assault on a 52-year Asian woman in Queens.
The Forest Hill Post reports Patrick Mateo walked out of jail around 3 a.m.
The victim who police identified as Leelee Chin-Yeung is seen on video being violently shoved to the ground. Her daughter reported on Instagram that she needed 5- 10 stitches to close wounds on her forehead and that she blacked out for up to 10 minutes.
Prosecutors charged Mateo with a Class A misdemeanor, assault in the third degree, which does not require bail, according to Fox News. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 21.
For now, the daughter is just grateful that the public joined together in apprehending the suspect.
“This is just a perfect example of everyone coming together for a greater good,” said Maggie Kayla Cheng to ABC News.
Cheng’s voice was amplified by family friend and actress Olivia Munn.
“That is such a great feeling that our pain, our suffering, our mothers matter,” Munn told ABC as she spoke of the quick action by police to capture the suspect.
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Why isn’t he being charged with a hate crime?