15-year-old charged in 2 bias attacks on Jewish pedestrians in Brooklyn

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Assault of Hasidic man in Brooklyn being investigated as hate crime
A cowardly attack on a Jewish man in Brooklyn is being investigated as a hate crime.

BEDFORD STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A 15-year-old is charged with back to back bias attacks on Jewish pedestrians in Brooklyn on Friday night.

The teen is accused of first punching a 44-year-old Jewish man in the ear at the intersection of Myrtle and Marcy avenues at around 10:15 p.m. Friday night.

Police say he then ran up from behind and punched a 24-year-old man walking at 104 Stockton Street 11 minutes later -- an attack that was caught on camera in video distributed by the NYPD.

Note: Video above is from a previous story.

He is charged with assault as a hate crime, a felony, in both incidents.

He will appear in family court.

The boy has been eliminated as a suspect in bias graffiti of two school buses and a home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, discovered Sunday. Detectives say they are making progress in that investigation.

RELATED | Anti-Semitic attacks on the rise in NYC

N.J. Burkett has more on the NYPD's latest crime statistics which show reported hate crimes against Jewish people are up 275% percent year over year.


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