Cops release new images of men sought in alleged attack on Jewish man; Islander previously arrested –

Posted By on June 3, 2021

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. Police released additional photos of men sought for questioning in connection with the alleged gang assault hate crime perpetrated against a 29-year-old Jewish man in Manhattan.

Faisal Elezzi, 25, a resident of Mariners Harbor, previously was arrested and charged in connection with the incident on May 20 at about 6:45 p.m., according to police.

The alleged assault came as pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters clashed in Times Square.

On that Thursday evening, police responded to a 911 call of an assault in progress in the vicinity of 1604 Broadway near West 49th Street, according to police.

The preliminary investigation determined that a 29-year-old man identified in reports as Joseph Borgen was approached by a group of about five men who knocked him to the ground and assaulted him while making anti-Semitic statements, police said.

The individuals punched, kicked, pepper sprayed and hit the victim with crutches during the attack, according to police.

EMS transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

Police checked surveillance images and canvassed the area, leading to the arrest of Waseem Awawdeh, 23, in the vicinity of West 47th Street and Broadway. Police charged Awawdeh with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Elezzi was charged by police with assault as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

Photos of additional individuals sought for questioning supplied to the media by police were captured in the vicinity of the assault.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the NYPDs Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 (TIPS) or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782 (PISTA). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Faisal Elezzi, 25, of Mariners Harbor was arraigned on a charge of assault as a hate crime in connection with an incident on May 20, 2021, in Times Square. (Getty Images)

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