Suspicious activity at two Ocean Parkway synagogues has area residents on edge in light of the recent terror attacks overseas, with a chilling video showing two men who appear to be of Middle Eastern origin approaching one of the synagogues yesterday afternoon.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed that two men attempted to take a picture in front of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue located at 1801 Ocean Parkway at approximately 4:14 PM. One of the men attempted to take a picture of the other in front of the synagogue and the two men left the property after being approached by a security guard.
Security footage from the synagogue located just south of Avenue R shows the two men, one clad in a black leather jacket, jeans, a pink shirt and black sneakers and the other in light colored pants, a black jacket with light colored sleeves and either grey or black footwear.
As the first man stood in front of the entrance to the synagogue, the second man can be seen backing up and getting ready to take a picture until a security guard approaches the men 15 seconds after their arrival. The two men can be seen talking with the security guard and leaving the area 35 seconds later.
According to a press release from Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s office, the two men drove off in a blue Honda Accord, whose license plate was recorded by the security guard.
The NYPD refused to comment on Hikind’s press release and said that they had no information on how the two men left the area.
Police said that an additional incident was reported approximately one hour later at 1061 Ocean Parkway when a single man attempted to enter Congregation Beth Torah, located between Avenue J and E 7th Street. The man was denied entry to the synagogue and left the area without incident. Police could not say if the two reports were connected in any way or if the same individuals were involved at both synagogues.
The NYPD has increased patrols in the areas around both synagogues and says that an investigation is ongoing.