5 Hasidic Men Indicted In Beating Of Man In Williamsburg

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Five Hasidic men are facing gang-related charges in the vicious beating of a man in Brooklyn.

As CBS 2s Lou Young reported, the members of a Jewish safety patrol in Williamsburg are accused of stopping then attacking Taj Patterson as he walked through the neighborhood on Dec. 1.

Patterson, 23, underwent surgery to his right eye to repair the damage from the assault. In an attack with racial overtones, the black victim said he was chased, held, kicked and beaten.

As1010 WINS Roger Stern reported, the fashion student saidthe men assaulted him while shouting anti-gay slurs.

Indicted Wednesday for gang assault and other serious felonies were Abraham Winkler, 39; Aharon Hollander, 28; Mayer Herskovic, 21; Joseph Fried, 25; and Pinchas Braver, 19.

The case was able to move forward Wednesday when two of the men returned from overseas, where they apparently fled to avoid prosecution, Young reported.

The suspects said at the time of the incident they were looking for vandals who were damaging cars, but there was no evidence of vandalism the night of the attack, Young reported. No one called 911 until after theconfrontationwas underway. The assailants fled when witnesses began to take photos of the beating.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the indictment sent a clear message that acts of vigilantism are unacceptable, Stern reported.

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5 Hasidic Men Indicted In Beating Of Man In Williamsburg

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