A Jewish man from New York City was repeatedly beaten and robbed in front of his Brooklyn home on the first day of Hanukkah.
Police said the suspect approached the victim in front of 906 Eastern Parkway just after 7:30 p.m. The victim, a 40-year-old man, was wearing “traditional Jewish clothing,” the NYPD said.
Police said the suspect repeatedly punched the victim in the head while making anti-Semitic remarks and stole her cell phone.
The suspect fled to Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway Station. The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Beth Israel in stable condition. Photos shared by the NYPD show the suspect at the station wearing a black durag, purple scarf, matching black jacket and pants, multicolored pants, and brown boots. .
According to local reports, the victim has been identified as 40-year-old Joshua Mellenfeld.
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Mellenfeld said. fox 5 new york He was attacked from behind while smoking a cigarette outside his home.
“He threw me a really bad punch and pushed me down and assaulted me,” Melenfeld said.
Mellenfeld told the outlet that his attacker yelled anti-Semitic slurs, threw him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly.
“I want you to catch this guy,” he said. “This person is dangerous.”
Thursday's attack came amid a surge in anti-Semitic incidents across the country and around the world as Israel continues its war with Hamas in response to the extremist group's deadly Oct. 7 attack.
Earlier that afternoon, a 28-year-old man was arrested for allegedly firing a shotgun into the air and shouting “Liberate Palestine” outside a synagogue in the capital.
The suspect, later identified as Mufid Fawaz al-Qader, an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen, told investigators he felt affected by events in the Middle East.
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The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Thursday's attack as an anti-Semitic incident. Anyone with information about this attack is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.