By COLlive reporter
An apparent knockout attack took place in Crown Heights on Tuesday morning and sent a Jewish father and son to the hospital.
At approximately 9:30 am the 46 year old Jewish male and his 6 year old son were attacked by a man who punched them as they were getting into a car on President Street near Albany Avenue.
“He came out of the blue and punched my son from behind,” the victim told COLlive.
An NYPD patrol car was immediately flagged down, and when the two officers exited their vehicle the perp fled with the officers in foot pursuit, police said.
The officers apprehended the perp at the next corner on Troy and President. The perp resisted arrest and was maced. Finally, he was arrested and brought to Kings County Hospital for treatment of his injuries and a psychological evaluation.
The attacker is a 40-year-old black male with a long psychological history and suffers from schizophrenia, a spokesperson for the NYPD 71st Precinct told COLlive.
The victims were both treated at the scene by Hatzolah, the father suffering from a cut lip and a lower knee injury and the son pain to the side of his face. Both were transported by Hatzalah Emergency Medical Service to Kings County Hospital.
The attack follows other incidents in the neighborhood in recent weeks. In one, a 24-year-old Jewish student was violently attacked on Albany Avenue. In another, three young men attacked a 9-year-old Jewish boy, hitting him in the head.
On Monday, August 18, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind and other elected officials and clergy held a news conference to decry recent violence against Jews in the neighborhood.