The Yeshiva World
Six elderly men were attacked while walking to Shul in the heart of Williamsburg, Monday morning.
It happened just after 6:00AM, when the suspect(s) carried out a string of what appears to be attempted robberies. One of the incidents occurred in front of 13 Hooper Street, another by 626 Whyth Place, one by Juliana Pl & Morton St, and one by the Williamsburg “Hitch Location”. The other two robberies were in the same area.
Shomrim tell YWN that all the victims were approached from behind and all had their pockets checked by the suspect. Two victims were punched in the head.
The NYPD and Williamsburg Shomrim responded and canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the four suspects who are believed to have fled into a nearby building (611 Whyth Place).
Detectives and Shomrim are searching the area for security camera footage to help identify the suspects. Thankfully, footage has been secured and published below.
Williamsburg Hatzolah responded, and transported two of the victims to Bellevue Hospital. One of them suffered major trauma to his head.
Mayor DeBlasio tweeted about the incident on Monday afternoon and said the Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident as well:
“The NYPD is investigating these vicious attacks and our Hate Crimes division is on the scene. We’ll be adding additional personnel to patrol the area and keep things safe. If you have any information or were a victim of these attacks, please contact 800-577-TIPS right away.”
Later on Monday, NY Governor Cuomo released the following statement:
“I am sickened by Monday’s series of assaults on Hasidic Jews in Williamsburg. In New York, we have absolutely zero tolerance for such heinous acts; they are completely unacceptable and are repugnant to our values of diversity and inclusion.
“I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to immediately provide the NYPD with any resources needed to assist in the investigation of this incident and to ensure those responsible are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
“Anti-Semitism is a growing cancer that has been injected into the nation’s body but in New York we will continue to stand united and with one voice condemn any and all acts of hatred and intolerance.”