Yehoshua Merenfeld of Crown Heights described the vicious attack he experienced on Thursday night, when he was beaten and robbed by a perpetrator who called him a “dirty Jew.”
Merenfeld, 40, told NBC New York he was standing outside of his building when a man walked up behind him, punched him, pushed him over, kicked him and then took his phone.
“It was a real beating,” Merenfeld said. “It wasn’t just one punch and left, it took quite a while. At least a minute of punches which is a long time for punches.”
The man who attacked Merenfeld “used a bunch of antisemitic terminology and profanities,” he said.
“Definitely doesn’t feel good to have this happen in your own front yard,” Merenfeld said.
Crown Heights Shmira and the NYPD searched extensively for the perpetrator but he had already fled the area.
The incident is under investigation as a hate crime robbery with the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force handling the investigation. Crown Heights Shmira is actively assisting the NYPD in this investigation and was able to track the perpetrator via video until he fled into the subway.
Police released a photo of a suspect, which was obtained at the Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway station.
Shmira urges the community to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
In case of an emergency, call 911 and Shmira 24/7 at 718-221-0303.
Shmira is looking for responsible and qualified individuals who are ready to join and give back to the community. If you believe you are ready to join, please fill out the sign-up form at http://www.chshmira.org/join-us/