An orthodox Jewish man, walking home from Sabbath services, was severely beaten and nearly choked to death last Saturday afternoon after saying “Hello” to a black man with a beard, who retorted “I don’t like you fake Jews, you stole my money.”
CrownHeights The victim described the harrowing attack in detail; “As I was walking home I passed a man smoking on the corner of Rutland and Schenectady and I said ‘good afternoon’ to him,” he said. “As soon as [I greeted] him he began yelling at me ‘you fake Jews, who are you saying hello to? You’re fake Jews and you stole all my money and robbed me, and stole my mortgage and my house. I want to kill you!’
I thought the man was just crazy so I started walking away, and he shouted ‘you don’t walk away from me’ and started chasing after me. He jumped me and put me in a choke-hold that made me feel dizzy. I was able to yell “Help” a few times to which the attacker said, ‘You don’t need help, I need to kill you’.”
While the attacker landed vicious punches and kicks to the victim, two nurses walked by and were able to intervene, enough so the victim was able to break free and run away. The victim suffered a black eye, cracked rib along with swelling, bruising and scratches all over his body. He described the assailant as being tall and muscular, in his 40’s and had a beard. (In the video, it appears that the attacker is wearing a Muslim cap and has a beard typical of Muslims, but not confirmed)
This is the second attack in as many weeks that occurred over Sabbath in which police suspect bias to be the motive. On April 14th, a 42-year-old man was assaulted on the 600 block of Eastern Parkway just after midnight, punched in the face repeatedly. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating both incidents. It has yet to determine if the attacks are connected.
In 2015, a Jewish EMS worker was stabbed in the back in Crown Heights. Police confirmed that the attacker approached the victim from behind and slashed him in the upper right back with no warning and without a word, before running away.
ABC7 The EMS worker with Hatzalah, the Orthodox Jewish first aid squad, is in stable condition after the stabbing. The victim has a 4-inch stab wound to the right upper back, that the knife cut into his lung cavity but did not penetrate the lung, and he told police the suspect said nothing before, during or after the attack.
Investigators are searching for the motive. The suspect is described as wearing a black hoodie and a Halloween mask.