Chinese immigrant attacked in NYC dies months later

Yao Pan Ma
Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-09 13:20:59-05

New York City police say a Chinese immigrant who was brutally attacked in April while collecting cans in East Harlem has died of his injuries.

Police announced Saturday that 61-year-old Yao Pan Ma died Dec. 31 and that the attack has now been deemed a homicide.

Forty-nine-year-old Jarrod Powell was previously charged with attempted murder, felony assault, and hate crimes charges.

A message was left seeking comment with his lawyer.

Prosecutors say Powell attacked Ma from behind, knocked him to the ground, and repeatedly kicked his head.

A spokesperson said the family is calling on the District Attorney's Office to upgrade the charges to murder.

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