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New York, NY - NYPD Investigating Attack On Jewish Man In Manhattan As Possible Bias Incident

Published on: December 15, 2015 03:59 PM
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FILE - New York Police Department officers seen at a subway station entrance in Manhattan, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)FILE - New York Police Department officers seen at a subway station entrance in Manhattan, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York, NY - The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating an attack on a 67 year old Jewish man who was knocked to the ground yesterday in Manhattan as a possible hate crime.

Police told VIN News that the incident took place at the corner of 6th Avenue and West 16th Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan at 11:15 AM. 

The victim had just exited the subway and was headed northbound on Avenue of the Americas when he passed his attacker who turned back and punched the victim in the head, knocking him to the ground and dislodging his hat and his yarmulka.  The suspect, who is described as a 5’9 black man with dreadlocks, assumed a fighting stance and said to his victim “Let’s go,” before fleeing the scene.

Police said that no other words were exchanged between the two men and that an investigation is currently underway. The assault is still unclassified pending further findings from the Hate Crimes Unit.  The victim, who sustained redness to the injury area as well a small bump on his forehead, refused medical attention.

Anyone with any information regarding the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS


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 Dec 15, 2015 at 04:33 PM Anonymous Says:

This seems to be going a bit too far. Now "let's go" makes something a bias crime? Maybe what's going on is that someone in the NYPD feels a need to suck up to the Jewish community, and thinks that behaving like this will make us feel tight (or tighter) with the NYPD.

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 Dec 15, 2015 at 05:19 PM Anonymous Says:

This doesn't matter at all. Obama and the UN are only troubled by violence against muslims.

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 Dec 15, 2015 at 06:33 PM Erlich Says:

He should wear a baseball cap, not a black hat. The latter makes for easy identification as a Haredi Jew. Would he wear a black hat in Paris or even in a small American town?

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 Dec 15, 2015 at 10:07 PM curious Says:

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Erlich Says:

He should wear a baseball cap, not a black hat. The latter makes for easy identification as a Haredi Jew. Would he wear a black hat in Paris or even in a small American town?

BH we don't live in Paris!

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 Dec 16, 2015 at 12:31 AM lazerx Says:

Reply to #3  
Erlich Says:

He should wear a baseball cap, not a black hat. The latter makes for easy identification as a Haredi Jew. Would he wear a black hat in Paris or even in a small American town?

I was in Paris and wore my black hat, no one started up with me. I don't feel it should be necessary to wear disguises outside; it shows that the local people are dangerous...

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 Dec 16, 2015 at 06:51 AM BarryLS1 Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

This seems to be going a bit too far. Now "let's go" makes something a bias crime? Maybe what's going on is that someone in the NYPD feels a need to suck up to the Jewish community, and thinks that behaving like this will make us feel tight (or tighter) with the NYPD.

It was a love crime? It wasn't a robbery. The man was obviously Jewish. So how would you classify it?

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 Dec 16, 2015 at 10:02 AM wondering Says:

Maybe the guy was mentally unstable or high on drugs. People intent on hate usually have better ways to express it or say nothing at ll 'Lets go' sounds more like the start of a boxing match than a hate crime unless they guy was very very high or drunk or both in which case it could be anything really.

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