Wanted for slapping Hasidic man in unprovoked attack – New York Daily News

Posted By on September 27, 2022

A Hasidic man was slapped by a stranger while walking in Brooklyn, the third suspected hate crime in Williamsburg in less than two days, police said Tuesday.

The 27-year-old victim, dressed in his religions traditional garb, was confronted by the stranger on Lynch St. near Marcy Ave. about 4:30 p.m. Monday, cops said. Without saying a word, the attacker slapped the victim in the face then kept walking.

The stunned victim did not need medical attention.

The NYPD on Tuesday released surveillance footage of the suspect walking near the scene and asked the publics help identifying him and tracking him down.

Police released footage of a suspect they say slapped a 27-year-old Hasidic man walking in Williamsburg. (NYPD)

On Sunday, two Jewish men were sprayed with a fire extinguisher and one was also punched in separate attacks moments apart.

The first attack happened shortly after 6 a.m. at Lee Ave. and Taylor St. just south of the Williamsburg Bridge ramp. One man can be seen on surveillance video creeping across the street toward his 74-year-old victim with a fire extinguisher in his hand.

The attacker, who was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants, sprayed the man, spreading a cloud of white powder onto the sidewalk and street, the video shows.

The victim was walking to synagogue when he was confronted by a group of men, he told the Daily News Tuesday.

Only one attacked me, said the victim, who asked that his name not be printed. He was sprayed in the face with the extinguisher.

They attacked me with a hand also, gave me a punch in the nose, he said. After that, I washed my face. In the synagogue, I go over there and I wash.


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The attacker and the young men he was with showed up at the synagogue and intimidated somebody there into giving them a cup of coffee before they left to find their next victim, he said.

First time in my life and I hope its the last time also, he said of the attack.

NYPD released surveillance footage of two Orthodox Jewish men being sprayed with a fire extinguisher in Brooklyn on Sunday. (DCPI)

The second attack came around the same time at Roebling and Third Sts. on the north side of the Williamsburg Bridge ramp. This time a 66-year-old Orthodox man was sprayed with the powder extinguisher and then punched in the face.

The attackers did not say anything to their victims but police believe there could be anti-Semitic motives for the attacks because both men were wearing traditional Orthodox garb.

Sundays assailants have not been caught or identified.

As of Sunday, NYPD cops have investigated 177 anti-Semitic hate crimes this year compared to 119 by the same point last year, a 48% jump.

Anyone with information on any of the attacks is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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