Two Lubavitchers were violently assaulted on Monday night, Smichas Torah, as they were making their way back to Crown Heights following Tahalucha.
A group of Lubavitchers walking back to Crown Heights on Simchas Torah eve were accosted by 32-year-old Keachane Simon who punched one victim in the face, then grabbed a rock and bashed a second victim over the head and causing him to bleed profusely.
The incident occurred at around 2:00am on Bedford Avenue and Green Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.
Following the attack Simon fled the scene, only to return a short while later with a wooden stick. A passerby called 911 and police arrived on scene in time to apprehend Simon, who police officers were forced to pepper spray in order to place him under arrest.
Once in cuffs and placed inside a police cruiser Simon attempted to break free by kicking out the window of the police car.
EMS transported one of the victims to Kings County Hospital where he was treated for the laceration to his head. The others continued their walk back to Crown Heights and sought medical attention locally.
One of the victims told police that Simon had made derogatory references about Jews while committing the assault.
Simon was charged with assault, menacing, aggravated harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.