Two different Jewish men attacked in Brooklyn NY
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October 18, 2018

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The first incident took place in the heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park. Farrukh Afzal, 37, was caught on video viciously beating Lipa Schwartz, 62, in the middle of an intersection. Lipa Schwartz, is an Orthodox Jew who was walking to a synagogue for prayers when he was attacked. Schwartz said that Afzal was yelling the words “Allah” and “Israel” while pummeling him. A second man was also attacked when he approached to help.

Farrukh Afzal, a New York City cab driver, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, criminal mischief and harassment.

The 2nd beating was in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. A teenager was arrested for beating a Jewish man. This attack occurred fewer than 30 minutes after the suspect was released from New York City police custody for an unrelated shoplifting incident.

Surveillance video shows the unidentified teenager accosting the victim with a large stick while crossing the street. The victim attempts to flee and is seen running to a nearby laundromat. The son of the laundromat’s owner tried opening the door to help the victim, but couldn’t open up before the man was hit in the back and shoulder, a blow that broke the stick. The perpetrator threw what was left of the weapon at the victim – further injuring him and another bystander inside the laundromat.

NYPD officers and the Shomrim, a volunteer Jewish safety patrol in the area, were called to the scene. The teenager was arrested at the park soon after. The teenager was charged with felony assault, menacing, harassment, criminal possession of a weapon and a hate crime.

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A man was charged with assault as a hate crime in a beating of a Jewish man in the middle of a Brooklyn street on Sunday morning, officials said.

Farrukh Afzal, 37, of Staten Island, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, criminal mischief and harassment, the NYPD said.

Police said they found him beating a 62-year-old man at 46th Street and 13th Avenue in Boro Park.

The victim, Lipa Schwartz, is an Orthodox Jew who was walking to a synagogue for prayers when he was attacked, said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who represents the neighborhood. Schwartz told Hikind that the attacker spoke another language and the only words he understood were “Allah” and “Israel,” Hikind said. Schwartz and Hikind appeared at a news conference together, but Schwartz was more comfortable speaking Yiddish.

Schwartz was taken to Maimonides Hospital in stable condition with cuts, pain and bruises to his head, police said.

Hikind said a second man was attacked when he approached to help.

“Watching the video of the incident or just hearing about it is traumatizing—especially to children and the elderly here, many of which survived the Holocaust,” Hikind said in a statement.

“This isn’t the wild west—this is Borough Park,” he added. “We won’t allow violent, hateful behavior taking place on our streets.”

A teenager was arrested Monday in connection with the vicious beating of a Jewish man — an assault that reportedly occurred fewer than 30 minutes after the suspect was released from New York City police custody for an unrelated shoplifting incident.

The alleged attack took place just before 4 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of Empire Boulevard and Albany Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Surveillance video shows the unidentified teenager accosting the victim while crossing the street with a large stick. The victim attempts to flee and is seen running to a nearby laundromat. The son of the laundromat’s owner tried opening the door to help the victim, but he couldn’t open up before the man was hit in the back and shoulder, a blow that broke the stick.

The perpetrator threw what was left of the weapon at the victim – further injuring him and another bystander inside the laundromat. The entire incident was caught by several surveillance cameras, which shows the teenager fleeing from the scene and towards Lefferts Park as multiple witnesses chased after him.

NYPD officers and the Shomrim, a volunteer Jewish safety patrol in the area, were called to the scene. The teenager was arrested at the park soon after.

Photos from the incident show several witnesses holding down the teenager while waiting for police to arrive.

Police reportedly said they had released the teenager fewer than 30 minutes before the alleged assault after he was accused of shoplifting from a nearby bodega. He had been set free on a desk appearance ticket in that case.

Following the arrest, the teenager was charged with felony assault, menacing, harassment, criminal possession of a weapon and a hate crime, CrownHeights.info reported.
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