Yonkers man pleads guilty to hate crime assault of 67-year-old woman
A Yonkers man accused in the brutal beating of a 67-year-old Asian woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault as a hate crime.
According to Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah, Tammel Esco, 42, “cursed at the victim, punched her more than 100 times in and around her head, repeatedly stomped on her upper body and spit on her” as she was entering her apartment building back in March.
The victim survived after being treated for serious injuries at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla where she was treated for bleeding on the brain, multiple facial fractures, bruising and lacerations to the head and face.
"Public safety and people feeling safe is our number one responsibility," said Rocah.
"This was an incredibly traumatic event for the Asian-American community, added Westchester Asian-American Advisory Board co-chair David Imamura. "To have everything on video was just awful, right, and for us to be in a situation where we can say justice has been served I think is very valuable."
Esco has been held without bail since his arrest.
He is set to be sentenced on Nov. 29 and faces 17 ½ years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision as part of his plea agreement.