Patrick Mateo, 47, of Queens, New York City, New York, United States was arrested on February 18, 2021. He was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment.
Wearing a green jacket, a red hooded sweatshirt and gray pants, Mateo was caught on camera just before 2:00 p.m. on February 16, 2021 arguing with a Chinese woman named Lee-Lee Chin-Yeung, 52, outside a bakery in Flushing, Queens. He allegedly cursed at her before going inside the bakery where he grabbed a box.
After throwing the box at Chin-Yeung, he grabbed her with both hands and pushed her into a newspaper stand. She hit her head against an object and passed out on the pavement.
Chin-Yeung was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Queens. She had about 10 stitches to close the gash down her forehead.
The victim is the mother of Maggie Kayla Cheng, who is friends with Olivia Munn, 40. The Asian-American actress took to Twitter to ask help to identify Mateo.
Munn’s tweet immediately went viral. New York Police Department detectives were able to locate Mateo, who lives a few blocks from the bakery in Flushing where he attacked Chin-Yeung.
It was not the first time Mateo was arrested. He was arrested in 2014 for possession of a knife in the subway in Manhattan, New York City and in 2017 for shoplifting at a Target in Queens.
At around 3:00 a.m. on February 19, 2021, Mateo was released from custody without bail and under supervision. He is not facing hate-crime charges because there is no evidence that he made any anti-Asian statements when he assaulted Chin-Yeung in Flushing but for the victim’s daughter, it was a hate crime.
“The guy just peeped out of the coffee shop and he goes, ‘I’ll eff you up!’ and then all of a sudden, he comes out and tosses like a box of spoons at her and then just does a football sack and pushed her to the ground,” witness Derrick Chan told ABC New York. Chin-Yeung is still in shock, her son told the publication.
“She’s glad she’s still alive,” the son said of his mother. “She’s happy that she came out with a pretty gnarly injury but not enough to the point where it’s disabling her.”