Man charged with murder in fatal East Village attack

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NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – Police charged a man Tuesday in connection with the brutal beating death of a 68-year-old attacked on a sidewalk in the East Village, according to police.

Jamie Pugh, 20, faces charges of murder, robbery and assault in the brutal beating of the elderly man.


Pugh was charged with second degree murder, assault and robbery.

Ruan Wen Hui was walking alone about 9 p.m. May 9 in the 700 block of East Sixth Street when his attacker came up behind him. Surveillance footage of the attack suggests the assailant said something to Wen Hui, but the victim’s family said he does not speak English.

The 68-year-old tries to get away from the attacker who then throws Wen Hui against a wall, punches him once and kicks him as least three times before calming walking away, leaving the grandfather mortally wounded on the sidewalk.

For some six minutes, Wen Hui laid on the sidewalk as pedestrians passed by, apparently not doing anything, though it’s possible they called police out of view of the camera.

Police arrived and rushed the victim to a hospital where he died the next day.

“My father was a good man. He always helped people,” Wen Hui’s daughter told PIX11.



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