Actress Olivia Munn has thanked the public for their help in tracking down a man who allegedly violently attacked her friend’s mom at a bakery in Queens, New York.
The assault was captured on a surveillance camera and showed a man throwing a box at a woman before violently shoving her to the ground. The woman was reportedly taken to a hospital, where she was treated with stitches.
The Deliver Us From Evil actress spear-headed a drive on social media to track down the assailant and bring him to justice.
On Wednesday, Munn posted images of a man to her Twitter account and asked the public to help track him down. Yesterday the NYPD arrested suspect Patrick Mateo and he was charged with assault and harassment.
Olivia Munn says she’s ‘beyond grateful’
Munn says it was thanks to the power of the internet that the cops were able to hunt down a suspect.
Olivia tweeted that she was “beyond grateful to all of you for caring and posting and retweeting and FINDING THIS GUY!!! I love you all so much.”
She added: “The Asian community felt your outrage and support and YOU GUYS DID THIS!!.”
The Newsroom actress then returned to Twitter to thank everybody for their help. She wrote: “F*** this guy. The internet is undefeated. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Cops say attack was from argument about social distancing
The alleged victim, who is the mother of a friend of Olivia’s, was a 52-year-old Asian American woman.
According to the cops, the incident caught on camera stemmed from an argument that began while people were waiting in line at a bakery. The NYPD has said they don’t think the crime was related to race but was a dispute over social distancing.
In her initial tweet on Wednesday, Munn had written: “My friend´s mom is a 5´3′ 50+ Chinese woman, and she was attacked. She then added: “She left the hospital with 10 stitches in her head. We’re gonna find this guy. Queens, Internet, please… do your s**t.”
In an interview on CNN, the alleged victim’s son said his mother was “doing well” and joked that she was probably sleeping. In the same interview, Olivia discussed how Asian-Americans are regularly subjected to racist abuse but that they mostly take “it on the chin.”
In other news today, the grandparents of rapper HoneyKomb Brazy have been killed at their home in Mobile, Alabama, in a suspected homicide. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots before the house became engulfed in flames.
In happier news, it emerged today that rapper Kodak Black is reportedly engaged to fellow rapper 19-year-old Mellow Rackz after he proposed on Valentine’s Day.
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