A 72-year-old Jewish man was assaulted earlier this week as he was walking on Kingston Avenue. The assailant then went on to threaten both Jewish and non-Jewish passersby that he would “kill them all.” The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
The incident occurred on Kingston Avenue near Lefferts Avenue this past Sunday afternoon. The victim, a 72-year-old Jewish man, was suddenly grabbed from behind by an African-American man and was “bear hugged.” The victim struggled to break free, and once he did, the man then slapped him across the face.
The man, who was clearly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then turned to a number of bystanders and – while flailing his hands in the air – threatened to “kill everyone.”
Police were called, and the assailant was apprehended nearby and taken into custody.
A police source told CrownHeights.info that the man was taken to Kings County Hospital for detox, where he remained for over 24 hours. Once he was released, he was charged with Assault in the Second Degree – a felony – due to the age of the victim.
Police further opened an investigation into the incident as possibly having been motivated by bias.
Police have identified the suspect as 37-year-old Colin Esposito.