By COLlive reporter
Surveillance footage provided to COLlive.com shows a young Jewish man being chased by a non Jewish man at an intersection in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood.
The incident took place on Monday at 3:55 PM at Empire Blvd and Albany Avenue when the Jewish man was crossing the street and was suddenly confronted by a black man holding a large object.
Officers at the NYPD 71st Precinct said the attacker was arrested earlier for a petty larceny, for stealing orange juice from a deli shop at 592 Albany Avenue.
The man was given a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT), an order issued by the police to appear in Criminal Court to respond to an accusation of committing an offense. He was then released from custody.
On the way home, the man was in possession of a tree branch and used it to assault a Lubavitcher chossid causing a cut and bruise to the victim’s shoulder, police confirmed.
Police and Hatzalah were called to the scene. The perpetrator was found a few blocks away and arrested again – this time for felony assault. The NYPD’s hate crimes unit was notified about the attack.
“We will be investigating the crime as a possible hate crime,” an NYPD official told COLlive.com.
As reported, a Chassidic man was viciously beaten on Sunday morning in Boro Park. In that case, the attacker a 37-year-old named Farrukh Afzal who worked for the Church Avenue Car Service and was shouting at him in Arabic.