Two young teenaged girls were attacked while walking on Kingston Avenue on the second night of Yomtov by a woman who expressed outrage over their religious beliefs. A man who tried to intervene in their defense was attacked as well.
The incident occured on the Thursday night, the second night of Sukkos, at around 11:00pm, on Kingston Avenue near Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights.
The alleged assailant was identified by police as Shannon Polak, aged 26.
Police say she approched the girls and asked them where they were going. The girls responded that they were going to a religious event, and the woman then asked them if “they really believe in that.” She then started pushing the girls, pulling their hair and tried to choke one of them, police said.
A 20-year-old Hasidic man tried to intervene, but Polak repeatedly punched him in the face, according to police.
Police were called to the scene and she was arrested and charged with assault.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.