A Jewish man was brutally assaulted by a group of five black men and women while walking on Eastern Parkway on Friday night. Police are investigating the attack as possibly being motivated by bias.
A Jewish man was brutally assaulted as he walked along Eastern Parkway with another Jewish man on Friday night near Brooklyn Avenue.
According to police, the 42-year-old victim was accosted by the group at around 3:30am. He was approached by one of the assailants who asked “do you want to fight?” and began kick and punching him with others joining in the attack.
Hearing screams coming from the street, one resident looked out her window and witnessed the brutal scene and immediately called Shomrim, who arrived within minutes and discovered blood all over the sidewalk but no victims present.
Dozens of police officers also responded to the area and could not locate the victim, who unbeknown to the first responders made his way to 770 where he used the dedicated Hatzalah phone to call for medical help.
One Shomrim volunteer realized that the blood left a trail and followed it all the way to 770, where they located the victim, who was already being treated by Hatzalah. He was later transported to an area hospital for treatment and was released.
After Shabbos, Shomrim located the witness who related that she heard screaming from the street and when she looked out her window she saw a group of five, 3 black men and 2 woman, attacking the two Jewish men – one of whom was lying on the ground.
Following the assault the group fled down the parkway towards New York Avenue.
Police said that the victim declined to ride with police on Shabbos or open an investigation. After the conclusion of Shabbos the victim went into the 71st precinct to follow up, and a possible bias investigation has been opened.
This story has been updated to reflect police opening a bias investigation, and that only one victim was assaulted while walking with a friend.