From the COLlive inbox:
I was commuting from work (my regular route) in Williamsburg back to Crown Heights last night at 5:30pm and was transferring from the J train on Broadway and Kosciuszko Street (a block walk) heading towards Bushwick Avenue.
I soon realized I was being followed by 2 hooded males that caught up to me, surrounded me and demanded money.
I had pepper spray on me, which I started to carry ever since Rabbi Moskowitz was attacked on Shabbos last year.
When I realized I was being followed, I triggered it on in my hand and prayed for everything to turn out alright.
Once I was sorrounded I veered sideways into the street and simultaneously aimed the peper spray at their eyes and stated “Yo, Back off.”
I think they thought it was a gun, since they froze, but then, if am correct, one said to his partner in crime, “I think it’s pepper spray,” and they turned around and started walking away.
When they saw me making a call to 911 and then Shomrim (Williamsburg Shomrim, thank you for showing up so quickly), they started running and I lost sight of them when they turned the corner.
Shomrim came first due to a miscommunication of the dispatcher and the 81st Precinct that classified my case as transit crime (not street crime).
The police took me out to canvass the area to see if we could spot the perpetrators on the street, but to no avail.
We filled out a description, and there is camera footage that police and Shomrim can obtain from the block.
The detective showed me pictures to try and identify them as well.
Thank you Shomrim and 911!