On Friday, the Brooklyn district attorney announced murder and hate crime charges on a man found suspicious of a bloody triple murder. The man is suspected to have committed murder during dinner time at a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, as per reports.
Arthur Martunovich, 34, struck three unsuspecting workers with a hammer after he walked into the Seaport Buffet Chinese restaurant in Sheepshead Bay about 5 p.m. on Jan. 15.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Martunovich was put on trial on a 21-count indictment on Friday, and he will face charges including first-degree murder and second-degree 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,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
Police officers during the press conference interacted with the reporters and informed that Martunovich entered Seaport Buffet and thrashed the restaurant owner, Kheong Ng-Thang, 60. He then moved toward the restaurant’s buffet and hit the part-owner Tzu Pun, 50, with his hammer. Martunovich then went into the kitchen and attacked Chef Fufai Pun, 34, with his hammer, said one of the officers during the press conference.
Local sources say that police found Martunovich two blocks away from the restaurant shortly after the attack. Besides this, Martunovich during the attack told a Latino restaurant employee that he is of his race and he won’t hurt him.
Court documents say that Martunovich pleaded not guilty to a 21-count indictment while he was handcuffed in a chair at Bellevue Hospital.
“I left my apartment with the hammer. I brought the hammer to prove my love of women. I threw the hammer, but don’t remember,” the newly unsealed documents say Martunovich told cops.
When the suspect attended the hearing in the court, he remained quiet and shook his head as he heard that he’d been indicted on the charges.