Man who punched Filipina more than 100 times gets 17 ½ years in prison

Published December 1, 2022, 1:53 PM

by Jaleen Ramos

A man who punched a 67-year-old Filipino woman more than 100 times last March was sentenced to more than 17 years in state prison on Tuesday, Nov. 29.


“Today, we close a chapter on one of the most violent and shocking hate crimes that we’ve seen in Westchester County,” Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah said in a statement.

“This is a case that has traumatized not only the victim and her family, but also her neighbors, the Westchester community, and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” she added.

Tammel Esco, 42, pleaded guilty to committing a violent hate crime in September.

On March 11, Esco was caught on CCTV footage attacking the victim as she tried to enter her apartment building.

He punched the Filipina more than 100 times, stomped on her several times, cursed, and spat at her.

The victim suffered multiple facial fractures, brain bleeding, bruises, and lacerations.

“Because of the viciousness and hate of Tammel Esco, I lost the place I called home for over 24 years, the place where I raised my daughters, and my longtime neighbors…,” the victim said in her impact statement.

She said that all she could think of since the incident was: ”‘Please Lord let me live, please Lord my daughters need me.”

“A complete stranger heartlessly spat, beat, and kicked me over 100 times just because of my heritage… My only hope is that God and the criminal justice system will see fit to make sure this never happens to any other innocent family again.”

Esco will also be subject to five years of post-release supervision.