By COLlive reporter
Residents of Crown Heights can breathe a little easier this evening, as the NYPD Hate Crimes Tasks Force has announced that they have in custody the alleged perpetrator of a recent violent antisemitic attack in Crown Heights.
The individual is accused of violently assaulting a Chassidic Jewish man last Friday afternoon, as he walked down the street on President Street between Utica Avenue and Schenectady Avenue.
The 32-year-old victim was walking down the block when he saw an unknown male walking toward him, police said.
Without provocation, the attacker turned to the victim and stated “what are you looking at?” the victim told police. The male then punched the Jewish man in the head and face, causing injury.
Prior to fleeing, the attacker added, “the Nazis should have killed you Jews.”
Inspector Hayward of the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights labeled the attack as a possible bias crime, and the incident has been investigated by the Hate Crime Task Force.
“The 71st Precinct immediately sent the case to the hate crimes task force, and thank G-d, tonight they finally have him in custody,” said NYPD Hate Crimes Review Panel Chair and Honorary Commissioner Devorah Halberstam. “Hopefully, this will bring some peace and comfort to the victim and our community.”
The attack was one of three antisemitic incidents in the past five days in Brooklyn. The ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) announced that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for two of the apparent antisemitic assaults.