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New York’s Sean Jeremy Holdip arrested, accused of attacking Michael Poffenbarger, Noriko Nasu in Seattle, Washington

Sean Jeremy Holdip, 41, of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States has been arrested. He is accused of attacking Michael Poffenbarger, who is white, and Noriko Nasu, a Japanese-American woman, n the Chinatown-International District in Seattle, King County, Washington, USA.

Poffenbarger, a registered nurse, is the boyfriend of Nasu, who teaches Japanese at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, King County. At around 9:30 p.m. on February 25, 2021, they were walking near 7th and King Streets in the Chinatown-International District when Holdip approached them.

Using a rock inside a sock as a nunchuck, Holdip allegedly struck Nasu in the face and Poffenbarger in the head. Suffering from extensive fractures to her face and teeth, she was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Holdip does not personally know Poffenbarger and Nasu. Poffenbarger told Komo News, “I truly believe he was trying to kill us.”

“He hit her so hard,” Poffenbarger said of Holdip and Nasu. “He hit me really really hard. I was amazed at how hard he hit my head and it didn’t knock me out. I thought for sure, I had a skull fracture.”

After the attack, Poffenbarger had eight stitches. He said Nasu had three fractures in her nose and many of her teeth in the bottom were broken while her cheek and mouth were severely bruised.

The charges Holdip are facing have yet to be announced. He was booked into the Seattle Correctional Facility at 2:49 a.m. on March 4, 2021.

It has yet to be determined if the case is a hate crime. Nasu’s co-workers believe Holdip attacked her because she is Asian.

“In this case, it’s gotten very close to home,” KIRO7 quoted Northshore School District superintendent Michelle Reid as saying. “It’s one of our staff.”


Before moving to New York, Holdip was a resident of Daly City, San Mateo County, California, USA. He also previously lived in College Park, Georgia, USA.

Holdip is a former emergency medical technician at the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). He was accused of making threats against two paramedics after pulling a 3- to 4-inch blade in front of Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn on March 10, 2011.

The FDNY assigned Holdip to a supply room while the investigation of the knife incident in 2011 was ongoing. During a hearing in 2014, Holdip told Judge John Spooner that he pulled the knife to “clean his nails,” according to the New York Post.

In September 2014, the FDNY finally fired Holdip. He lost his appeal in December 2020.

12 replies »

  1. Another piece of ghetto trash behind this attack. Gotta stop being that angry chimp that jumps up and down on that porch.


  2. When I Google the name of the attacker a white suspect shows up and so does a black suspect so who is the attacker?


  3. MSN news towards the end of the article had the victim’s description of the attacker as “a BM, Medium build, black jacket with a black hoodie underneath, and dark tan Carhart like pants on.” It does not fit the media’s narrative to start reporting that most of the attacks against Asians are by Blacks. However, a good indicator is when the media reports an attack and do not give a description, use inconspicuous abbreviations like “BM,” and do not post a photo of the person once an arrest has been made.

    Where is BLM, Antifa, and the other activist groups who say that they are against racial injustice and racism. Are they marching in solidarity of Asian groups. Oddly, they have all gone silent. Why haven’t the media interviewed any of these organizations to get their position on the violence that we are currently seeing against Asians.


  4. The Black Leaders of the communities and our nation need to step up and condemn these racially motivated attacks that have been escalating in frequency from New York to the West Coast. What boggles my mind is how in the majority of these cases, the perpetrators are found not be have committed a hate crime. Crime after crime, death after death…pushing old Asian seniors down, breaking their face for no reason…other than their ethnicity and they do not find these case to be hate crimes. But a police officer puts a knee on someone’s neck and it is miraculously proven by BLM to be a hate crime. You can’t have it both ways.


  5. The racism in these comments are pathetic. Using this incident as an excuse to make racist remarks is cowardly, but that doesn’t surprise me coming from keyboard warriors.


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