Far Rockaway, NY - Beating of Orthodox Man Caught on Video; Police Continue Investigation
Far Rockaway, NY - A 20 year old man visiting friends in Far Rockaway was subjected to a vicious beating when he stepped outside for a few minutes to take a phone call.
Security footage from a neighbor’s video surveillance camera show the man in a white shirt walking down Channing Road near Beach 9th Street when three youths who came up from behind began punching him. The victim ran out into the street in front of 990 Channing Road, calling for help, where he was thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly before the attackers ran away. Two other youths, who appear to be with the attackers, stood hovering several yards down the street during the eighteen second attack.
The NYPD, Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol and Hatzalah were all called after the incident and the victim, who received facial injuries, was transported by Hatzalah to Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital and later released.
In an interview with VIN News, a police spokesman at DCPI has confirmed the details of the attack which is being considered a robbery, not a hate crime. The victims white 16GB iPhone 5 was taken during the attack.
The Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol is issuing an alert to all area residents, urging them as always to use extreme caution at all times. The volunteer citizens patrol has been reviewing the security footage, which has been turned over to the authorities.
“We have a pretty good idea of who they are and we are working with the NYPD,” Jason Shtundel, coordinator of the RCSP told VIN News. “We hope that they will be making an arrest in this case soon.”
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