Actor Daniel Wu is offering US$15,000 (S$20,400) to anyone with information on a crime that took place in Brooklyn.
A now 90-year-old Chinese-American woman was attacked in the Jul 14 incident. Surveillance video caught two male suspects on camera. They slapped the woman, who was 89 at the time, then set the back of her shirt on fire.
Wu, the star of films such as 2018’s Tomb Raider and 2004’s New Police Story, is matching the original offer of US$15,000 by a senior care centre in Brooklyn and Asian-American rapper MC Jin for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.
The 45-year-old actor told online news outlet Brooklyn Eagle in the Aug 28 article: “I was appalled when I saw the news that a 90-year-old grandmother was struck and set on fire in a racially motivated attack. This attack must be classified as a hate crime and be treated that way by the police department as they continue to investigate.”
He added, “We all need to stand up against hateful actions like this and bring the perpetrators to justice. That’s why I’m offering an additional $15,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these individuals.”
Fortunately, the elderly woman did not suffer serious injuries as she held her hair up and rubbed her back against a wall to put out the flames.
According to broadcast station ABC 7, the suspects did not try to steal her wallet or her phone. The assailants have not been caught.
Although community members believe that this was a hate crime, ABC 7 reported that investigators haven’t found evidence to support it.
The board chair of the senior care centre, Homecrest Community Services, told Brooklyn Eagle that they were hopeful the increase in reward money will “encourage more people to come forward with information on those behind this attack.”