A series of Friday night robberies targeting Jewish men is now being investigated as a possible hate crime by the NYPD.
Three Jewish men were targeted in attempted knife-point robberies over a Friday night some two weeks ago, now the NYPD is investigating these incidents as possible hate crimes since all the victims were visibly Jewish and no other victims came forward.
In all the incidents the ‘would-be’ robber walked away empty handed and none of the victims were assaulted.
One of the attempted robberies took place on Crown Street just off Brooklyn Avenue, and the victim reported it to Shomrim and the NYPD. Shomrim scoured the area only to learn that after Shabbos two additional victims came forward.
The following Shabbos police stepped up patrol in the area, and there have not been any other such attempts since.