From my friend, David P. Steinmann:
Brooklyn, NY – 2nd Attack Reported In Flatbush As Yeshiva Student Punched In Head
Brooklyn, NY – The NYPD is once again combing the streets of Brooklyn for clues after a 17-year-old Flatbush Orthodox Jewish teen was assaulted last night on his way home from yeshiva.
Police told VIN News that the incident took place last night at 6:30 PM at the corner of Avenue L and East 29th Street.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who visited the teen this afternoon, said that the student had been heading home, listening to music on headphones, when he was punched once without warning on the side of his face by an unidentified black man.
Police described the perpetrator as 5’7, weighing approximately 155 pounds and possibly wearing a grey sweat suit or jogging clothes and a black waist length jacket.
“The guy just belts him on the side of the head and this kid falls to the ground and into the street because he was walking right at the edge,” Hikind told VIN News.
The victim who was wearing his tzitzis out and carrying his tefillin in a shoulder bag was clearly Jewish and Hikind called on the 70th precinct to investigate the incident as a hate crime.
“Nothing was taken from him and nothing was said,” noted Hikind. “When you walk over to someone just to inflict pain and intimidation, if anything should be a hate crime, it should be this.”
City Councilman Chaim Deutsch said that there is absolutely no reason to believe that last night’s attack on the teen was related to the robbery and beating of a Midwood man that took place early Monday morning.
Deutsch said that he had been in close contact with detectives at the 70th precinct who are investigating the incident and had given them locations of surveillance cameras in the vicinity.
Deutsch said that he asked the NYPD for extra visibility in the area and cautioned all residents to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
“We all must remain vigilant and alert and not be distracted by any type of gadgets that people may use like cell phones and iPods,” said Deutsch.