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Orthodox Jewish Man Seen on Video Punched in Back of Head in Apparent Unprovoked Attack in WIlliamsburg

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NYPD Investigating Pair of Hate Crimes in Williamsburg
Police in Brooklyn are investigating a pair of hate crime attacks since Saturday. Katherine Creag reports. (Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 ) Police in Brooklyn are investigating a pair of hate crime attacks since Saturday. See More

Police in Brooklyn are investigating a pair of hate crime attacks since Saturday. Katherine Creag reports.

(Published Thursday, May 9, 2019)

What to Know

  • An orthodox Jewish man was punched in the back of the head while walking down a Williamsburg street in an attack caught on video

  • The victim was nearly sent to the ground after the attacker was seen on video sneaking up behind him and hitting him in the back of the head

  • The seemingly unprovoked attack is being investigated by police to see if it was fueled by anti-Semitism

An orthodox Jewish man was punched in the back of the head while walking down a Williamsburg street in an attack caught on video, the second hate crime in the neighborhood since Saturday.

The victim, dressed in traditional Jewish clothing, was walking alone on Rodney Street at Marcy Avenue Tuesday evening when another man is seen on security footage sneaking up from behind and hitting him, nearly sending him to the pavement.

The seemingly unprovoked attack is being investigated by police to see if it was fueled by anti-Semitism.

Reports of anti-Semitic attacks have increased across the city, a cause for concern for Williamsburg residents.

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“It bothers me,” said Reuben Teller. “They should find him and prosecute him.”

On Saturday, days before that attack, a 42-year-old also dressed in traditional Jewish clothing, was attacked by a group of men screaming anti-Semitic slurs, police said. 

The victim in that attack suffered bruising and swelling to his face, but refused medical attention.