By COLlive reporter
A 63-year old Jewish man was viciously attacked Tuesday morning in a Crown Heights park.
Avraham Gopin, a Lubavitch resident of Crown Heights, was exercising in Lincoln Terrace Park near Eastern Parkway and Rochester Avenue at approximately 8:30 am and was attacked by a man who threw a rock at him, Chanina Sperlin of the CHJCC told COLlive.
The victim was walking in the park, when the man “began throwing bricks at him, and then attacked him,” Gopin’s son-in-law Rabbi Getzy Markowitz told COLlive. “He fought back, while being hit in the head with the brick.”
“Thank G-d he fought back,” Markowitz said. “If he had not fought off the attacker, there would possibly have been, G-d forbid, a different outcome. The attacker was clearly trying to kill him – just an innocent man walking in the park.”
The victim was hospitalized due to his injuries.
“He sustained a head injury which required 3 staples, a broken nose, as well as suffered a bruised leg and the loss of two teeth,” Markowitz said.
The NYPD Hate Crimes division is on the scene and conducting an investigation. Police are also investigating whether this is connected to another incident which occurred yesterday in the area, Inspector John Buttacavoli, Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s 77th Precinct said.
In response to the incident, the NYPD will increase patrols in the area, particularly in the park, Buttacavoli said.
“My father in law is a visibly Chasidic Jew,” Rabbi Markowitz told COLlive. “He is a known person in the community, and well liked by all. He gets along with all his neighbors – both Jews and non-Jews – who are all very fond of him.
“This senseless act of violence is extremely troubling,” Markowitz said.
“I’m disgusted by the vicious attack on Avraham Gopin this morning in Crown Heights’ Lincoln Terrace Park,” Boro President Eric Adams tweeted about the attack. “No one should be attacked, hate-fueled or not. Violence is violence, wrong is wrong.”
The craziness continues in Brooklyn. Older Chassidic Jew just brutally assaulted with brick in Crown Heights Park. His teeth were knocked out. Victim hospitalized. Victim fought back. Others in Park came to his rescue.
— Yaacov Behrman (@ChabadLubavitch) August 27, 2019