Police are investigating an attack on a Jewish man in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn as a possible hate crime.
The brutal beatdown occurred on Empire Boulevard near Schenectady Avenue at around 9:00PM on Motzei Shabbos. The 19-year-old victim told police that he was minding his own business and walking down the street when he was suddenly accosted by a group of black males.
“Do you want to fight?” he was asked by one of the suspects.
Before the man could respond or run, he was punched in the face, thrown to the ground, and slugged another five times in the face before the violent gang fled on foot. The man took out his phone to call for help, but the gang returned and said “are you calling police on us”? and began kicking him and punching him as he lay on the ground. They eventually fled.
Crown Heights Hatzolah along with Shomrim were dispatched immediately to the scene.
The man suffered facial trauma and was taken to a local hospital.
Shomrim along with the NYPD have reportedly secured footage of the attack which has been turned over to the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force who are investigating the incident.
(Charles Gross – YWN)