Ex-con arrested in brutal attack on Asian man in Harlem

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Cops on Tuesday arrested a 49-year-old ex-con who they say is the monster caught on video repeatedly kicking an Asian man in the head last week in East Harlem.

Jarrod Powell allegedly stomped 61-year-old Yao Pan Ma at least six times in the head as he was collecting cans to make money for his family Friday at Third Avenue and East 125th Street in East Harlem, cops said.

The heinous attack, which was caught on camera, came as the city tries to deal with a surge in anti-Asian incidents.

Powell, who has at least 15 prior busts dating back to 1988, was arrested early Tuesday and charged with two counts of felony assault, cops said.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the attack, but it was unclear if Ma was targeted due to his race.

The wife of Ma spoke to The Post over the weekend, pleading with the public for the attacker’s arrest.

“I was scared. I was crying,” Baozhen Chen, 57, said over the weekend. “I didn’t know what to do. Why? Why did they do this to my husband? Why did this happen? It was sudden. I didn’t expect this.”

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