Cabby that beat Lipa Schwartz, 62, in Boro Park which caused officials to demand better policing of hate crimes, has been given a bail option of $15,000
As previously published on Crownheights.info, the Jewish man was walking to Shul on 13th Avenue near 46 Street, carrying his Tallis and Tefillin. Suddenly, a vehicle screeched to a halt, the driver, Farrukh Afzal, 37, got out, and ran towards the victim. He began punching him in his face and screaming at him. The man broke free and began running, but the suspect once again assaulted him in front of TD Bank.
The driver was arrested, and though originally charged with a hate crime, was ultimately changed to a road rage incident following the drivers claim of a previous incident.
Video that surfaced the next day showed a different story, including erratic driving, an attempt to run another person over, and no prior incident.
Farrukh Afzal has been given a $15,000 bail option by a Brooklyn judge. Coincidentally, the judge who presided over his hearing was Ruchie Frier, a frum Judge and leader of Ezras Nashim, the all woman first response organization.
Edit: An earlier version of the article had in error that Farrukh Afzal had been let out on bail. Farrukh is still in police custody as he has been unable to post his bail.