Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg On Edge After Chasidic Jews Targeted In Four Attacks In Same Day
Brooklyn, NY - It was a disturbing day for Jewish residents of Williamsburg, with four violent incidents taking place in less than 24 hours.
Police told VIN News that a 25 year old man was hit on the head with a glass bottle while he was walking on Driggs Avenue at 1 AM on Monday morning. The victim sustained a laceration to his ear and the unknown Hispanic suspect fled the scene.
Less than one hour later, Bondo’s 24 Supermarket at the corner of Lee Avenue and Rodney Street and a 62 year old Jewish resident walking several block away on Lee Avenue were both struck by paintballs within the span of just a few minutes.
The fourth attack happened late Monday night when a 65 year old man was beaten by two assailants as he was walking on Wythe Avenue near his Wilson Street home at 12:45 AM. Police said that the victim was struck with an unknown object several times and that the suspects, a black male and a black female, fled the scene.
VIN News reached out to the victim who declined to be interviewed.
Police said that all four incidents were being investigated as possible hate crimes.
Rabbi David Niederman of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, said that Jewish residents are scared by the recent spate of attacks that have deliberately targeted the neighborhood’s Chasidic population and called upon the NYPD to do more to protect the area.
“The police are working but they have to step up patrols,” Rabbi Niederman told VIN News. “They have to increase the manpower and provide undercover officers as well as visible manpower so that people should see them it should be a deterrent. People shouldn’t be afraid to walk the streets. These are brazen head on attacks. It is outrageous that people should have to be indoors during the summer because they are afraid to go outside.”
Williamsburg Shomrim is taking the latest rash of attacks seriously.
“We intend to have more patrols in that area,” said Williamsburg Shomrim coordinator Yanky Itzkowitz. “Hate crimes is investigating the incidents, trying to get evidence and we encourage anyone who knows anything to come forward.”
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