As the city continues to battle a rash of anti-Semitic attacks, cops need the public’s help in finding a bigot who assaulted a Jewish man on the streets of Brooklyn early Wednesday morning.
Police released on Saturday morning video footage of the incident which occurred at 1:05 a.m. on Dec. 25 in front of a building on 13th Avenue near 48th Street in Borough Park. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is leading the investigation into the assault.
According to law enforcement sources, the 40-year-old male victim, who was wearing traditional Orthodox Jewish clothing, was walking home when the suspect approached him and blocked his path. The victim attempted to allow the perpetrator to walk past him, but when he wouldn’t move, the victim proceeded to walk around him.
🚨RECOGNIZE HIM? @NYPDHateCrimes wants to talk to him about an ASSAULT that occurred on 12/25 at 1:05 am, in the area of 13th Ave & 48th St in Brooklyn. A male dressed in traditional religious (Jewish) clothing, was approached & punched in the face. ☎️ @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/N97lj10YRL
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 28, 2019
That’s when, cops said, the suspect went on the attack, punching the victim in the face. He then ran away on foot eastbound.
Officers from the 66th Precinct responded to the incident. The victim suffered a lacerated lip, but refused medical attention at the scene.
Law enforcement agents described the attacker as an adult male with a light complexion, a medium build and dark hair, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was last observed wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans and black sneakers.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or send a direct message on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.