(September 18, 2019 / JNS) A 24-year-old Chassidic man was beaten in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant on Tuesday night in what has been a recent string of attacks against Orthodox Jews in the area.
Surveillance footage shows four young black males chasing the victim near his home.
Two of the suspects punched and kicked the Jewish man and told him to “give me everything you’ve got,” according to police. They threw his cellphone on the ground and ran away with it.
The incident is not being considered a hate crime, rather a random attack and robbery, as there were no anti-Semitic slurs used.
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The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
“The video footage of this violent encounter is incredibly disturbing, and we are glad that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is assisting in the investigation of this horrific crime,” ADL NY/NJ regional director Evan R. Bernstein said in a statement on Wednesday. “This incident comes at a time when visibly observant Jewish individuals are unable to walk the streets of Brooklyn without feeling fearful that they may be assaulted or attacked because of their religion or faith. This is completely unacceptable and contrary to everything we stand for as New Yorkers. The violence must stop now.”
Anyone with information about the situation or suspects can contact (800) 577-TIPS or the Williamsburg Shomrim at (718) 237-0202.
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