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Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Hasidic Man Convicted Of Gang Assault

Published on: September 23, 2016 04:55 PM
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New York - Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 24-year-old man from Williamsburg, Brooklyn was convicted of gang assault and related charges for his role in the brutal beating of Taj Patterson, a young man who was walking in the street when he was set upon by over a dozen people.

District Attorney Thompson said, “Today’s verdict is a testament to our determination to fully prosecute this case based on the evidence, which clearly connected this defendant to the crime. I hope that this outcome will bring a measure of comfort to Mr. Patterson and his family.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Mayer Herskovic, 24, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was convicted today of second-degree gang assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and menacing following a bench trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, on December 1, 2013, at about 4:40 a.m., Taj Patterson was walking on Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg when a man, later joined by other men, started to chase him. The victim ran, but the group, eventually comprised of 15 to 20 men, caught up to him near the corner of Flushing Avenue and Spencer Street.

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The victim was then punched, kicked, stomped and had his eye poked by members of the group, according to testimony. He suffered facial fractures, retinal damage and lost eyesight in his right eye.

In the course of the attack, the evidence showed, a sneaker worn by the victim was stripped off his foot and thrown onto the roof of an adjacent building. DNA recovered from that sneaker matches the defendant’s.



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 Sep 23, 2016 at 05:24 PM Chaim Says:

One needs to wonder what he was thinking when he refused to take the plea deal that was offered to the whole group

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 Sep 23, 2016 at 05:31 PM Ina Says:

Don't believe for one minute Mr. Patterson was just walking along and minding his own business.

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 Sep 23, 2016 at 05:50 PM ALTERG3 Says:

There is NO clearly evidence that he punced this guy so why is he guilty for? For throwing his sneakers he's getting 15 years? BTW the punching was a self defense cause he punched them first (he just got bkind cause he fall on a metal thing)

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 Sep 23, 2016 at 05:53 PM Monseyer Says:

He didn't want a plea deal?

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 Sep 23, 2016 at 06:01 PM ChareidiMan Says:

One must wonder what was he thinking to take a chance in trial, someone advised him real bad!!

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 Sep 23, 2016 at 06:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
ALTERG3 Says:

There is NO clearly evidence that he punced this guy so why is he guilty for? For throwing his sneakers he's getting 15 years? BTW the punching was a self defense cause he punched them first (he just got bkind cause he fall on a metal thing)

He was offered a no jail plea deal and he refused it . So now he will sit for a long time in a real prison. He won't be going to the Mikveh in Otisville.

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 Sep 23, 2016 at 09:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
ChareidiMan Says:

One must wonder what was he thinking to take a chance in trial, someone advised him real bad!!

He should have learned a lesson from rubashkin and weberman and take the deal of community service only. Now he will sit in jail for many years. His lawyer wanted him to take the sweet deal they offered.

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 12:03 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Seems to be a thug who needs to be in jail.

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 08:00 PM judith Says:

Reply to #3  
ALTERG3 Says:

There is NO clearly evidence that he punced this guy so why is he guilty for? For throwing his sneakers he's getting 15 years? BTW the punching was a self defense cause he punched them first (he just got bkind cause he fall on a metal thing)

Yes . He got a huge contusion and blind because he fell on something, and his sneaker just happened to end up on a rooftop, lol. , with the Jewish guy's DNA on it,

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 08:44 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

Contrary to what was reported, he was not offered a deal like the others. The DA knew that with DNA they were going to have some win at trial.
He should've hired a real lawyer with experience at trial. The defense was weak, and didn't take advantage of allot of opportunities.

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 08:51 PM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #3  
ALTERG3 Says:

There is NO clearly evidence that he punced this guy so why is he guilty for? For throwing his sneakers he's getting 15 years? BTW the punching was a self defense cause he punched them first (he just got bkind cause he fall on a metal thing)

No evidence?
He didn't convicted of "throwing (his) sneakers" but for the assault that he was involved in.

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 08:52 PM Anonymous Says:

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Ina Says:

Don't believe for one minute Mr. Patterson was just walking along and minding his own business.

Belief? What evidence do you have that he was doing something besides "walking along and minding his own business?"

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 09:36 PM ALTERG3 Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

He was offered a no jail plea deal and he refused it . So now he will sit for a long time in a real prison. He won't be going to the Mikveh in Otisville.

Pls provide a link where he was offered a no jail plea deal, i never heard about it

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 09:52 PM Anonymous Says:

What a dumb attorney who said the DNA on the shoe which matched Herscovic perfectly could have been from any chasid since all chasids are related and have similar DNA.

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 10:16 PM savtat Says:

And what were they all doing out at 4:40 AM?

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 Sep 24, 2016 at 10:30 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

Reply to #13  
ALTERG3 Says:

Pls provide a link where he was offered a no jail plea deal, i never heard about it

Here you go
http://www.vosizneias.com/248853/2016/09/06/brooklyn-ny-911-caller-describes-20-jewish-men-beating-up-black-man-in-williamsburg-gang-assault-trial/

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 12:46 AM Anonymous Says:

the guy was drunk and breaking car windows.

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 03:01 AM Long-Island-Yid Says:

Even if the chasidim were wrong, but what was their rational for picking on this guy? Did they think he was previously doing something wrong and they accidentally found the wrong guy? I assume they weren't just out that night looking for someone to randomly beat up?

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 09:56 AM Melech Says:

To Ina-#2- Your remark was stupid, insensitive, and had no basis in fact. The individuals who attacked the victim, and blinded him in one eye, were nothing but vigilante street thugs. They attacked the victim, because they did not like his looks. They were nothing but predators. We should not excuse their actions because of their religious observance. I guarantee you that if it was the other way around, you would have a totally different opinion, and would be screaming for justice!.

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 05:18 PM jack-l Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What a dumb attorney who said the DNA on the shoe which matched Herscovic perfectly could have been from any chasid since all chasids are related and have similar DNA.

u think the attorney is dumb? look in the mirror

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
ALTERG3 Says:

There is NO clearly evidence that he punced this guy so why is he guilty for? For throwing his sneakers he's getting 15 years? BTW the punching was a self defense cause he punched them first (he just got bkind cause he fall on a metal thing)

alter ..you are staring to hallucinate. u forgot ur meds again !

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 05:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Ina Says:

Don't believe for one minute Mr. Patterson was just walking along and minding his own business.

don't know how you know that. even if u r right that's 1 guy not "minding his own business" and 20 chasidim not minding their own business.

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 05:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What a dumb attorney who said the DNA on the shoe which matched Herscovic perfectly could have been from any chasid since all chasids are related and have similar DNA.

Really? All chassidim are clones? Is that true? What a strange mind you have.

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 06:47 PM judith Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

What a dumb attorney who said the DNA on the shoe which matched Herscovic perfectly could have been from any chasid since all chasids are related and have similar DNA.

Similar but not the same, only like that of cousins

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 Sep 25, 2016 at 06:48 PM judith Says:

Reply to #18  
Long-Island-Yid Says:

Even if the chasidim were wrong, but what was their rational for picking on this guy? Did they think he was previously doing something wrong and they accidentally found the wrong guy? I assume they weren't just out that night looking for someone to randomly beat up?

He was gay

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