While most American kids are busy going door to door collecting candy tonight, some kids in our neighborhood seem to think that Halloween eve is ‘attack-a-Jew night.’ They roam the streets in gangs looking for a Jewish victim to pelt with eggs and/or assault.
Given the heightened threat, Shomrim volunteers make sure every year to be out in force, patrolling the streets and making sure that everyone stays safe.
One such ‘gang’ of about ten boys and girls ages 12-14 descended on Lefferts Park at about 7:00pm, where two Jewish children, ages 9 and 11, were playing.
The gang approached them and tried to pry away the older boy’s scooter, then assaulted him. During the assault, one of the teens flashed a fake gun at the victims.
The victims rushed to their parents, who promptly called Shomrim. Several Shomrim volunteers arrived at the scene and kept an eye on the perpetrators, while police were summoned.
When the gang saw an NYPD patrol car coming, they exited the park and tried to flee toward Kingston Ave. Luckily, other Shomrim volunteers were waiting for them at the corner, and escorted back to the scene of the crime.
The victim identified the teenage girl who assaulted him, and she was handcuffed and taken to the 71st precinct for booking.
Two knives were recovered at the scene, but the fake pistol was not found.
The rest of the children were released after a stern warning from the police.