Brooklyn teen can't remember beating

NYPD searches for suspects
May 16, 2008 2:53:02 PM PDT
A Brooklyn teenager is in the hospital after being beaten so badly that the last thing he remembers is leaving his house on his bike. Police spent the day near Albany Avenue and Empire Boulevard searching for any clues.

In that community, the paths of a Hasidic 16-year-old and two men may have collided, with robbery appearing to be a motive.

"The kid was beaten so viciously, he was unconscious and didn't remember his name," said Binyomin Lifshiez, who is with Shomrin Patrol.

It was just after midnight when two 911 calls came in to police.

"They did see an individual laying in the street and they saw two people leaving with a bicycle from the immediate scene," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Because the teenager cannot remember any details, police are left, for now, to speculate.

"We are going on the premise here that this young man has been assaulted. He had no property on him and his bike has been taken," Kelly added.

The lives of many cross there. Black, white, Hasidic, Muslim. There is no indication, sources tell Eyewitness News, that this was a bias incident. Levi Davis believes a community effort is needed.

"We all have to get together and make sure we put in a full effort to stop these things from happening," Davis said.

As community affairs officers were handing out flyers, urging potential witneses to come forward, Assemblyman Karim Camara spoke out.

"There has to be a better response," he siad. "Not just when an attack happens, but an ongoing proactive response of community leaders, elected officials, from rabbis, pastors, all of us coming together to say this is our community and we can have safe communities."

A number of Hasidic men protested the beating Friday evening by marching down Empire Boulevard to the 71st Precinct.