June 8, 2021 By Allie Griffin
A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday for punching a 75-year-old Asian woman in the face near LeFrak City in Corona last month.
Christian Batista, who lives in Corona, allegedly punched the senior as he passed her on the sidewalk near 97th Place and 57th Avenue on May 26, police said. The attack—which happened in broad daylight—was completely unprovoked, video footage released by the police shows.
The woman fell to the ground and suffered a fractured nose and right orbital bone, police said. She was rushed to Elmhurst hospital in stable condition.
Batista was arrested on assault charges, but has not been charged with a hate crime. Police said no words were exchanged between the 24-year-old and the victim before he punched her.