‘He’s not racist. He’s out there. He’s on Pluto.’ Brooklyn anti-Asian attack suspect is mentally ill, siblings say

The Brooklyn man accused in three anti-Asian hate crimes is mentally ill and off his medication, his siblings told the Daily News Thursday.

“He’s not racist. He’s out there. He’s on Pluto,” said Jason Rosa, the older brother of hate crime suspect Joseph Russo.

Russo, 28, is accused of pinning an Asian woman to a storefront and yanking her hair on March 22, and of shoving an elderly Asian man to the ground as he shopped for groceries Monday.

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Joseph Russo is escorted from the 62nd Precinct police station after being charged with anti-Asian hate crimes, Wednesday, April 7. The Brooklyn man accused in three anti-Asian hate crimes is mentally ill and off his medication, his siblings told the Daily News Thursday.

“He’s not racist. He’s out there. He’s […]

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  1. He belongs on Rikers where mental services were part of ones stay. But no, we have no bail laws and no one goes to jail anymore. Deal with it.

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