An Orthodox Jewish man from Brazil, who is visiting in Sullivan County, was attacked at mid-morning Saturday as he walked near 127 Cold Spring Road in the Town of Thompson.
The victim, in his early 50s, was approached by two African-American males in their late teens, one of whom had a handgun. They demanded money and when the man said he didn’t have any, he was struck on the head with the butt of the gun.
The assailants fled on foot empty handed.
Deputies assigned to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Marine patrol were en route to the Swinging Bridge reservoir when they heard the call on their police radio.
They spotted a youth fitting the description of one of the assailants in the area of 16 Woodcliff Avenue in Monticello and gave chase. The suspect ran into the woods behind a house. Additional police from Monticello Village and State Police responded along with a sheriff’s K-9 unit, but the suspect eluded the officers.
The victim was taken by Mobile Medic to Catskill Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Sheriff’s detectives are asking anyone with information to call their confidential tips line at 845-807-0158 or the sheriff’s patrol main number at 845-794-7100.