By COLlive reporter
Just plain old crime…
A new video clip being shared on social media on Thursday evening shows an altercation between a black man and a Jewish man on Eastern Parkway near Troy Avenue in Crown Heights.
The Jewish man, a volunteer of the Shomrim neighborhood patrol group, was punched by the man and was later treated by Hatzola for facial trauma.
Gadi Hershkop of Shomrim clarifies that the incident wasn’t connected to the series of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews in New York and New Jersey.
“This has nothing to do with anti-Semitism,” he told COLlive.com. “It has to do with a package thief who didn’t want to get caught.”
The victim was tracking the thief in an effort to curb the rash of theft of packages from homes in Crown Heights. It is estimated that multiple packages are stolen daily in the neighborhood.
“Two of our volunteers were following the perp that he should be apprehended by the NYPD,” Hershkop explained. “The thief got violent on our volunteers when he realized that he was being followed.”
After hitting the Shomrim volunteer, the thief ran into the apartment building where he resides. He had a female accomplice.
“We surrounded the building, the NYPD anti-crime unit came,” Hershkop said. “They checked surveillance cameras and found what apartment they went into.”
Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia on the man and in the apartment. The thief and his accomplice were arrested. The man faces 2 charges of assault and 1 charge for theft, in addition to drug charges.