For the second time in two weeks, an Orthodox Jewish man was assaulted in Crown Heights on Shabbos.
According to an exclusive CHI report, the latest incident occurred on Shabbos afternoon at around 1:30PM, when a 50-year-old male was attacked on Rutland Road near Schenectady Avenue. The man was returning from Shul in the nearby Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital.
Speaking to CrownHeights.info the victim described the harrowing attack in vivid detail; “As I was walking home I passed a man smoking a cigar on the corner of Rutland and Schenectady and I said ‘good afternoon’ to him,” he said, adding that it’s a nice neighborhood and everyone is close.
“As soon as [I greeted] him he began yelling at me ‘you fake Jews, who are you saying hello to? Your fake Jews and you stole all my money and robbed me, and stole my mortgage and my house. I want to kill you!’
“I thought the man was just crazy so I started walking away, and he shouted ‘you don’t walk away from me’ and started chasing after me.
“He caught up to me at the corner of East 46th Street and Rutland and jumped me, he put me in a choke-hold and I started to feel dizzy, I felt my air going out, I started saying Shema, I thought I was going to die.
“Somehow I was able to move out of it [thank G-d], and started screaming for help and he was saying ‘you don’t need help, I need to kill you’.”
The victim said that he held on to a fence for dear life, afraid that if he would be thrown to the ground he would certainly suffer even worse, all the while the attacker landed vicious punches and kicks on the victim.
“Two nurses who saw the attack intervened and separated the man from me and told me to go, to run away, they didn’t even bother calling police,” said the victim. “When I got home I called Hatzalah, who in turn notified the police.”
The victim was transported by Hatzalah to Kings County Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured rib along with swelling.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident as a bias attack.
Just Last Shabbos another Orthodox Jewish man was attacked in Crown Heights. That incident happened on Eastern Parkway near Brooklyn Avenue on Friday night.