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Brooklyn, NY - Hate Crimes Unit Called In After Chasidic Man Attacked By Man Spewing Death Threats In Crown Heights

Published on: April 22, 2018 09:00 PM
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Menachem Moskowitz seen with a black eye a day after the attackMenachem Moskowitz seen with a black eye a day after the attack

Brooklyn, NY - A midday attack that left a 52 year old Chasidic Crown Heights man bleeding and gasping for breath is being investigated by the NYPD as a hate crime.

Menachem Moskowitz told VIN News that he was on his way home from Shabbos morning davening at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center when he said hello to a man that he passed at the corner of Schenectady and Rutland avenues who began an angry tirade against him.

“He said, ‘why are you saying hello to me, you fake Jew,’” Moskowitz told VIN News.

The man continued the angry barrage of words, telling Moskowitz not to talk to him.

“He said ‘I hate Jews.  You stole my mortgage, you stole my house.’ He kept on ranting so I just went down the block.”


Moments later Moskowitz said he heard the man coming up behind him on Rutland Avenue near E 46th Street, asking him why he was running away.

“I turned around and he jumped me,” recalled Moskowitz. “He was holding me in a headlock trying to choke me, saying ‘I hate Jews. You are going to have to die.  I going to have to kill you.”

Moskowitz said he tried screaming for help but there was no one around. His attacker taunted him saying “What do you need help for? I am killing you now.”

The two men continued their struggle on the street, with Moskowitz holding onto a gate, trying to maneuver his way out of the headlock while his attacker punched his face and neck and tried to pull him down to the ground.

Two Kingsbrook employees still dressed in their white coats came upon the scene and began to break up the scuffle.

“He said to them, ‘why are you interfering?  Do you also like Jews?’” reported Moskowitz.

Once freed from his attacker by the man and woman from Kingsbrook, Moskowitz ran to his home located a short distance away.  Both Hatzolah and the NYPD were called to Moskowitz’s house and Moskowitz, who sustained injuries to his face and neck and a broken rib, was treated at Kings County Hospital.

Moskowitz said that he feels lucky to be alive.

“While we were struggling I felt the air in my head was going and I said Shema,” said Moskowitz.  “I didn’t know if this guy was strong enough to kill me. I just wanted to get home alive.”

Police said that the suspect is a six foot tall male black weighing approximately 230 pounds.

Just one week earlier, a 42 year old Orthodox Jewish man was assaulted at 3:30 AM on Shabbos morning in front of 668 Eastern Parkway, a block away from Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters.  Police said that he was punched in the face repeatedly by a man who asked him “do you want to fight?” and struck by four other individuals who were with the attacker.

Noting that this is the second attack against obviously Jewish victims in Crown Heights in just eight days, the Anti-Defamation League has announced a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the incidents.  Police said that they are looking into the possibility that the two attacks may be connected.

“We unequivocally condemn these senseless assaults,” said ADL New York regional director Evan R. Bernstein. “We appreciate the leadership of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force who are investigating these assaults as hate crimes. Hopefully these rewards will encourage anyone who may have seen something to come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline by phone at 800-577-TIPS, by text at 247637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577 or online at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

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 Apr 22, 2018 at 10:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Thank you David Dinkins Deblasio


 Apr 22, 2018 at 11:01 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Crime is falling we are told.


 Apr 22, 2018 at 11:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Thank you David Dinkins Deblasio

You forgot to thank the Kenyan, He has more responsibility for this than the other two morons.


 Apr 22, 2018 at 11:52 PM lazy-boy Says:

don't try to talk to people you don't know and don't want to know....


 Apr 22, 2018 at 11:52 PM Aron1 Says:

No matter what the story, we can always count on stupid comments.


 Apr 23, 2018 at 10:29 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

I love it how liberals blame the victim when its a Jew but never blame thugs like trayvon martin and garner are innocent.


 Apr 23, 2018 at 12:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Aron1 Says:

No matter what the story, we can always count on stupid comments.

Bingo !!!


 Apr 23, 2018 at 02:27 PM Nachum Says:

Can anyone imagine the wall to wall media coverage if a bunch of Chassidim attacked Blacks? What ever happened to the peace which was supposed to exist in Crown Heights following a series of "dialogues", between Black and Jews. I guarantee that these incidents would never occur in an Italian neighborhood, as they would beat the ---- out of the perpetrators, or even worse. P.S. It is impossible to make peace with a pack of savages, who hate Jews.


 Apr 23, 2018 at 03:00 PM Anonymous Says:

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lazy-boy Says:

don't try to talk to people you don't know and don't want to know....

Oh...you blaming the victim, really?


 Apr 23, 2018 at 06:32 PM rachelw Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Oh...you blaming the victim, really?

Easy. He’s not blaming the victim. All he’s saying is don’t make nice and pat the dog. You never know if it’s a wild one. You might antagonize it and it will turn on you. Keep your distance instead of taking chances.


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