The incidents mostly involved youths being chased by people in cars, including one case in which two people who were walking down the sidewalk were attacked -- one of them punched -- by a person who jumped out of a car at 14th Avenue and 48th Street.
"It's very scary," one resident said. "I don't even go out in Borough Park at night."
Other similar incidents are alleged to have happened at 14th Avenue at 51st Street and New Utrecht Avenue at 53rd Street, all three on Friday and all dealing another blow to the community.
"I just see it as an uptick of some kind of violence," another resident said. "I hope it's going to fade away quickly."
The neighborhood watch group The Borough Park Shomrim posted videos of the incidents.
3rd unprovoked incident where a #BoroPark resident was attacked by a group of perpetrators on Friday night- this one on 51st Street, who then jumped back into their vehicle and fled. Witnessed this incident or #HaveInfo? #LetUsKnow- call our hotline 7188716666. #MakeTheCall pic.twitter.com/CvExxwaPCa— Boro Park Shomrim (@BPShomrim) November 3, 2019
Another unprovoked attack Friday night in #BoroPark. In this incident on 48th Street, the victim was nearly pinned by this vehicle which fled after an occupant punched the victim. #GotInfo regarding this incident? Call BP #Shomrim at 7188716666. #YourCityYourCall #NoPlaceForHate pic.twitter.com/xwKspPqk8M— Boro Park Shomrim (@BPShomrim) November 3, 2019
Such unprovoked incidents are a continuous trend in the #BoroPark area. #StopTheHate, if you have any info on the perpetrators responsible for this incident on New Utrecht Avenue and 53rd Street, call the #Shomrim hotline 7188716666. #SeeSomethingSaySomething pic.twitter.com/r37XriHAt0— Boro Park Shomrim (@BPShomrim) November 3, 2019
All three victims are Orthodox, and while they are not believed to be bias attacks at this point, the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is involved in the investigation.
"We will never tolerate hate in our city in any form," the department said in a statement. "The NYPD has the largest Hate Crime Task Force in the country, comprised of the best hate crime investigators that work tirelessly with our patrol officers, detective squads and community leaders to vigorously investigate every reported hate crime."
In the 51st Street incident, a camera caught a group getting out of a car and chasing a man they then assaulted.
"We're not interested in fights," Israel Yisroeltwersky said. "We want to help everybody. That's the real truth about us."
Two teenagers were chased near New Utrecht Avenue, but they escaped.
"We've never had this in the neighborhood, because it's very heavily patrolled by the police and they also have their own patrol," Evelyn Roth said. "They're very safe and insulated."
Then, just after midnight Sunday near 55th Street and 14th Avenue, a 16-year-old told police a group in a car tried to lure him inside.
"Look, it's hard, it's very hard," Yisroeltwersky said. "We feel unsafe, but we believe everything is in God's image."
The investigations are ongoing.
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