Doormen fired after failing to help woman during brutal attack in New York

Two doormen have been fired after they failed to help an Asian-American woman who was brutally attacked in New York last week. 

Surveillance footage of the March 29 attack shows a man kicking a 65-year-old woman to the ground and stomping on her several times while yelling anti-Asian rhetoric. 

The doormen can be seen watching the attack from the lobby, only leaving the building to check on the woman more than a minute after the man walked away. 

The men were initially suspended while an investigation was carried out, but on Tuesday (local time) the building's management company confirmed they were fired.

"While the full lobby video shows that once the assailant had departed, the doormen emerged to assist the victim and flag down an NYPD vehicle, it is clear that required emergency and safety protocols were not followed," The Brodsky Organization said. 

The Brodsky Organization also said all service employees will be trained in emergency response protocols, anti-bias awareness and bystander intervention. 

Last week, Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested for the assault. He was charged with two counts of felony assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison, the district attorney's office said.

Elliot is on parole after being convicted for killing his mother nearly two decades ago. 

In 2002, a then-19-year-old Elliot was convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. He was released from prison in 2019 and is on lifetime parole.

The victim of the attack has since been identified as Vilma Kari. She was discharged from hospital last week after receiving treatment for serious injuries.

The assault comes amid concern over escalating anti-Asian sentiment and attacks, especially in the United States.