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Suspect in attack on Asian woman may have pulled knife in separate dispute

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The race-hating suspect caught on video brutally beating an Asian woman on a Midtown street may be a local cook who pulled a steak knife on a guy right after the horrific attack, a witness claimed Tuesday.

Martin Todd, who works maintenance for a nearby building on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, said he was having lunch in his car between 11:30 a.m. and noon Monday when he saw the confrontation with the weapon.

“I saw the same guy … arguing with another guy,’’ Todd said — referring to the man who beat a 65-year-old Asian woman on West 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue around 11:40 a.m.

“He was a cook or something, that’s what it looked like,” Todd said of the suspect. “He had a red apron on, like a chef’s apron.’’

The men cursed at each other — then the suspect “pulled out a knife,” Todd said.

“It looked like a steak knife. … The other guy backed up, and the [suspect] walked up the block,’’ the witness said.

Todd said the dispute occurred around “11:45, 11:50” and that the victim in that case was black.

He said he believes the victim may have been trying to confront the suspect over the attack on the Asian woman.

The attacker beat an Asian woman while building staff stood idly by.
The attacker beat an Asian woman while building staff stood by.
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Todd said it appeared that the suspect is the same man in both incidents because they each had a distinct red piece of clothing on them.

In surveillance footage from the anti-Asian attack, a long, brightly colored red cloth hangs from around the man’s neck as he attacks the woman, while later photos released by cops show a bright red cloth sticking out of his jacket.

“I think it’s the same guy because I remember that red apron,’’ Todd said. “Once I saw that red apron … I said, ‘That’s the same guy.’ I just didn’t see him attack that lady.”

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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Mr. Kemp, who is gearing up to run for re-election in 2022, has striven to re-enter the good graces of Republican voters after becoming a central political target of former President Donald J. Trump because of his refusal to help Mr. Trump overturn the state’s election results last year. A former secretary of state of Georgia who has his own record of decisions that made voting harder for the state’s residents, he is again a key G.O.P. voice leading the charge on the issue.

On Saturday, he repeatedly tried to paint the league’s decision as driven by Stacey Abrams, the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who is seen as likely to challenge Mr. Kemp again next year.

Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

In defending the law in Georgia, Mr. Kemp singled out two Democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting regulations with the new law in Georgia. Those states do not offer as many options for early voting as Georgia does, but they have also not passed new laws instituting restrictions on voting.

“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”

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