A Jewish man was assaulted early this morning while on his way to synagogue. The assailant slapped a cell phone out of the victim’s hands, then punched him in the face while yelling “I am tired of Jews.”
The incident occurred at around 6:00am near the corner of Albany and Lefferts Avenues. The victim, a 49-year-old Jewish man, was on his way to synagogue for morning prayers when he was accosted by the assailant.
“I was just waking up when I heard very loud shouts calling for help, he was screaming to call the police,” a neighbor told CrownHeights.info, adding “I quickly ran out of my house and the attacker was still there shouting that he is fed up with us Jews.”
Cellphone video from the scene shows police holding a man, presumably the assailant, in handcuffs who is readily admitting that he slapped the phone out of the victim’s hands because “he is tired of all the Jews.”
After the victim called for help, police responded to the scene and managed to apprehend the attacker, who is described as a 46-year-old Hispanic man. Police say he is a resident of the area.
Hatzalah treated the victim, who suffered a bloodied nose, at the scene. He did not require further medical attention, b”h.
This incident is being treated by the police as a possible bias incident.
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