Midwood Police are looking for two suspects who they say attacked an Orthodox Jewish man on E.15th Street between Ave J and K in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, NY.
It’s the third attack on Orthodox men in Brooklyn in less than a week, according to the NYPD.
It happened in Midwood on Saturday night after 7 PM, an hour before Sabbath was coming to an end.
Police said the 45-year-old victim was walking home when he saw two Mexican men in their 30’s drinking near his house. The victim asked the men to move on since he felt they were a danger to his kids who were going to go out soon for pizza.
One of the Mexican men yelled “F ing Jew” and repeated it a second time. The victim turned around to confront the man as to why he was cursing- when a second Mexican man took off his own belt and slammed it into the head of the victim a few times.
The victim was treated by EMS for cuts to his face and head.
The Victim talked exclusively to GifterInGotham and also mentioned he believes the two perps are illegal aliens. Part of the interview:
Police said it’s too early to tell if this was a hate crime, but former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted, “A young Jewish man was called a f***ing Jew and then belted over the head with a metal belt buckle!” @NYCMayor do we need history to repeat itself for you to take action?! Must we die first?! https://twitter.com/hikinddov/status/1167465628904677378 … ”
Residents are now pushing for a greater police presence in the area, including more uniformed officers on patrol.
“Having officers in the streets is preventive. It’s important to have visibility to prevent such incidents,” City Councilman Chaim Deutsch told CBS2 reporter Dave Carlin.
Deutsch said the new Office of Hate Crimes Prevention, which he helped create, is opening this week, ahead of schedule. He said it will focus on outreach to foster better understanding between different groups and neighborhoods.
“We will tackle this head-on as New Yorkers,” Deutsch said. “Through educators within the Hate Crimes Unit and also victims who will come out and tell their stories.”
Police said there have been nearly 150 anti-Semitic hate crime complaints in the city so far this year. That’s nearly double the number they saw at this time last year. Deutsch said the state needs to come up with stricter hate crime laws with tougher penalties to help hit back at hate.
Residents GifterInGotham.com spoke to said they feel unsafe in New York City.