CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — Two Bochurim on their way home from Shul were accosted and attackedby a large group of Black teens. One of the bochurim was knocked unconscious after being pistol-whipped, while the other male sustained injuries on his head and inside his mouth.
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The incident took place at around 6:40 PM on President Street, between Brooklyn and New York Avenues. A group of 7 to 10 Black male first demanded money from the two. When the bochurim responded that they had no money with them, the group attacked them. A pistol was allegedly used to beat the bochurim.
Police and Hatzalah were notified, responded to the scene and treated the bochurim for head lacerations. They were then transported to Methodist Hospital where they received treatment. The bochurim were released the following morning and are reported to be doing well.
Police are not calling the incident a bias crime. An increase in police visibility was noticed just hours after the attack. The watchtower was placed on Kingston and President, and the Mobile Command Center was parked on Kingston and Carroll. Two patrol cars with flashing lights were seen on the block of the incident itself.
A police source said, “Crown Heights has always been an impact zone and the additional presence was not a response to this attack.”
Last Wednesday, Joemel Estrella, a 21 year old male Hispanic, was murdered on Empire Boulevard. He was shot numerous times in the head and torso near the intersecting Nostrand Avenue. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. This incident adds to the already alarming number of gun violence and murders in the confines of the 71st precinct.