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Man Released After Being Arrested for Shoving Asian Woman on Flushing Street: DA

An image of the alleged suspect and 135-45 Roosevelt Ave. (@oliviamunn and Google Maps)

Feb. 19, 2021 By Christian Murray

The man who was arrested Thursday for assaulting a 52-year-old Asian woman on a Flushing street was released from custody early this morning.

Patrick Mateo, 47, who was charged with assault and harassment, was released this morning at around 3 a.m. without bail, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Mateo was arrested yesterday after being seen in a viral video shoving the victim to the ground at around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday following a verbal altercation.

The video shows Mateo throw an item at the woman outside New Flushing Bakery, located at 135-45 Roosevelt Ave., before pushing her to ground, where she sustained a head injury—requiring stitches.

The video, taken from grainy surveillance footage, has gained more than 360,000 views on Instagram.

The victim, Leelee Chin-Yeung, told police that she was standing in line to enter the bakery when she asked Mateo whether he was in the line.

According to court documents, he grew extremely angry, cursed at her and then put his hand in her face. He then went inside the bakery, grabbed a box and threw it at her before shoving her into a newspaper stand. She then fell to the pavement.

Chin-Yeung suffered a laceration to her forehead and lost consciousness. She was treated at a local hosptial.

Mateo was charged with assault in the third degree and harassment in the second degree.

There were no hate crime charges stemming from the attack. The victim’s daughter had said online that Mateo had used racial slurs leading up to the incident.

Mateo was released “under supervision.” Details as to what the “supervision” entails were not known at press time.

 

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we know who to blame

gotta love those liberals and their pro crime support! No wonder there is graffiti all over the place now. If you’re in LIC check out the foot bridge just west of Laguardia college, it is COMPLETELY covered with graffiti , it wasnt two weeks ago. Revolving liberal precinct doors are the problem. THANKS AOC and co!!

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Concerned Citizen

McConnell and Trump aren’t going to be out in the street harassing me so I ain’t worried about them as much as THIS guy who is now back out on the streets. I am certainly not a trump supporter but I can see through the lunacy of bail reform.

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Finally

Finally we can start disbanding the police, this incident was surely the last holdout of the old system. From now the social workers will patrol the streets. Crime’s solved, ladies and gentlemen, nothing to see here.

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Stop politicizing everything

Finally-You’re misinformed, uninformed and misinforming others. The “defund” movement involves many different groups. The overwhelming majority have said nothing about “disbanding” the department, absolutely nothing. One vocal opponent to “defunding” is the union trying to protect their overtime. Several proponents of “defunding” are mentally I’ll advocacy groups who feel funds could be used elsewhere more cost effectively. Get informed so you can at least have an informed conversation.

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He was charged with assault in the third degree and harassment in the second degree

He’s facing criminal charges and imprisonment.

Imagine not even knowing the difference between bail and a verdict 😂

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Concerned Citizen

You do realize the issue is the number of hate crimes he can commit between his release and the time of verdict? Why is that so hard to understand. The solution is to set bail at 20k minimum (Just out of reach for people committing these crimes) for assaults/hate crimes and let them sit cozy in jail until its time for a verdict.

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Take a civics course.

Concerned citizen- Because you’re not supposed to sit in jail until you’re convicted. Justice is supposed to be blind, to treat rich and poor alike. Bail isn’t suppose to be “just out of reach”, it’s suppose to guarantee your appearance to face the charges.

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ABoondy

You can’t expect them to think that far ahead. Imagine not even knowing what a repeat offender is. 😂

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Google "due process"

Here in the US we don’t put people in prison until they are convicted of a crime. Soviet Russia was different.

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Soohee

Defund the police and bail reform. This is what BLM and the mayor’s wife wanted. All is well.

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Defunding Police is about more then police overtime

Nothing to with defunding police and looking for more efficient ways of running a police department and managing the manpower consuming mentally ill.

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judges always had the discretion to release people without bail, including for this specific crime

Sure you can pick a different rehashed narrative? Maybe one that has to do with the article.

Imagine being this gullible 😂

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Vera

I thought no bail is for acts like stealing a bag of chips, not a violent assault. What kind of judge allows that?

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Concerned Citizen

A liberal who puts criminals over law abiding citizens. Moderates and pre-trump republicans know this.

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Georgia

According to the new york post, “Mateo has two prior arrests for possession of a knife in the subway back in 2014 in Manhattan and a shoplifting charge from a Queens Target in 2017, according to cops.” So local politicians call to defund the police, set no bail laws, and release criminals from jail when it comes to crime and assaults in our neighborhood but the call the army and build a wall fence around the capital to protect their place of work.

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Fox News took advantage of weak minded and poorly educated

The “Capitol” is much more than a place where “paper work” is. Your statement and misspelling are offensive.

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Dave

I did not know this happened outside of a bakery. AOC was right about people needing a loaf of bread.

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Jim

Is every crime against Asians a hate crime? Every crime committed in Chinatown a hate crime. Asians are now the ethnic group of the ninth. Stop already.

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Its over

She didnt ask him are you in line. What she said was really nasty. But, still no excuse to push a old lady. Shame on you ,you should have just ignored her. Your as ignorant as she was.

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Michael Tinoco

Very unfair. This man deserves hard jail time. Is the judge who released him racist. Seems so. No justice in New York City. Shameful.

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Joe

that’s it?
Released “under supervision”? (whatever that means).
You should NOT be allowed to attack an elderly person for no reason and get away with it.
I was expecting at least 5 years. SHAME on the lousy judge that allow this.

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Duhrr

This could all have been avoided if he had just answered yes or no when asked a simple question – social skills much?

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Not too shocked

Thanks liberals and progressives! But isn’t it a little too early to have him released before the elections? I guess not.

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but bail reform is what causes crime

Without bail? What about my “blame all the problems on bail reform” narrative?!

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