By COLlive reporter
An incident in which a Jewish man was punched at a subway station in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon is now being investigated as a possible hate crime, COLlive has learned.
The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon, when a man who is described as dark-skinned and with a small goatee approached a 61-year-old Chasidic man on the platform at the Franklin Avenue Station in Brooklyn and punched him in the jaw.
The man was knocked out by the punch and lost consciousness. He was transported to the hospital.
Initially, police said bystanders did not see how the dispute started, however, the victim was interviewed later by police and said the attack was completely unprovoked.
The victim said the attacker may have said something in Arabic to him before punching him.
Police do not have a clear photo of the suspect at this time.
The police are searching for witnesses to the crime to help identify the attacker.
If anyone was on the platform and saw the attack, please contact Eli Cohen of the CHJCC – 718 771-9000 ext 7736.