NEW YORK — A Yonkers man who followed an Asian woman to her building and then savagely beat her, striking her more than 100 times, has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for hate assault, prosecutors say. has been narrated.
Tamel Esco, 42, pleaded guilty to committing a violent hate crime in connection with an assault on a 67-year-old victim in September, during which he hurled racial slurs at the victim as she sat helplessly on the ground while receiving each. Stump and blow.
Under his plea agreement, Esco was sentenced Tuesday to 17 1/2 years in state prison, with five years of post-release supervision.
Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said of the attack that was caught on camera, “In 27 years of surveillance, this was one of the most violent and heinous crimes I have ever seen.”
Esco was arrested shortly after the March 11 attack on the woman as she was entering the lobby of the Riverdale Avenue apartment building that night. Hard-to-see surveillance footage released earlier by police showed the man unleashing a series of blows, some 125 of them, on the defenseless woman, leaving her bleeding to the ground.
“And then, in a particularly despicable act, he spat on her,” Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Roca said.
The victim, who is Filipino, had brain hemorrhage, multiple facial fractures, bruises and lacerations to her head and face. As per the investigation, the victim’s bus passed by Esco on her way home and he allegedly insulted her. He ignored her.
“That’s why it’s so egregious. There was no relationship, there was no discussion. There was no relationship,” Sapienza said.
As she proceeded to open the second door to enter the hall, she was punched in the head from behind, knocking her to the ground, then took turns landing dozens of punches. Police say the man pounces on her seven times and spits on her.
A witness said he called 9-1-1 when he saw Esco punch the woman while he was on top of her, and that witness’s intervention may have been the only reason the victim was still alive.
Yvette Crespo said, “I started knocking on the door, and when I did that I got his attention, and that’s when he took off.” “He walked out that door, went to the corner, put his hands up,” she said.
The victim on Tuesday addressed the court and said that she had lost the place she called home for over 24 years, where she raised her daughters. She said she was concerned about the safety of her daughters and herself. She said that she had lost her calm, ability to relax and would always be nervous.
“We appreciate the love and support of the community and the many people who are outraged by this despicable attack. Hate has no place in this society,” said victim advocate Jennifer Wu.
Esco lived in the same building as the victim. Police said he has a criminal record and has been involved in assault before.
If you are a victim or witness to a hate crime or incident of bias, please call the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office at (914) 995-TIPS.