SHEEPSHEAD BAY – The Seaport Buffet attacker has been arraigned on 3 charges of Murder as a hate crime. “This was a violent, horrific and harrowing attack on three completely innocent, hardworking men who were targeted simply because they were Asian,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
“Sheepshead Bay, like all of Brooklyn, celebrates its diversity and will not tolerate vicious, hate-filled attacks in its community. I am committed to seeking justice for these three victims and their heartbroken families, friends and neighbors.”
The Seaport Buffet attacker has been arraigned on 3 charges of Murder 2 AS A HATE CRIME. This is an acknowledgment of what we know to be true – that the perpetrator was motivated by anti-Asian sentiments.
— Councilman Deutsch (@ChaimDeutsch) February 1, 2019
On January 15, Sheepshead Bay neighbor, 34-year-old Arthur Martunovich entered the restaurant and started attacking people with a hammer. The restaurant’s chef, 34-year-old Fufai Pun, was pronounced dead the same day. On January 18, the owner of the restaurant, 60-year-old Kheong Ng-Thang, succumbed to his injuries. And just yesterday, Tsz Mat Pung, the 50-year-old restaurant’s manager, died because of his injuries. The perpetrator was arrested and charged with three counts of murder and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. We wrote more about it earlier this week.
Police investigation says that Martunovich allegedly told a Latino employee that he was not going to be harmed, before hammering the three Asian men to death. He allegedly told the police he targeted the victims because of their race.