Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Random stabbing of Hasidic man investigated as hate crime 

A Hasidic man was randomly stabbed in Brooklyn Wednesday — and cops are investigating it as a possible hate crime, authorities said.

The 25-year-old man was walking east on Empire Boulevard when he felt a sharp pain in his right shoulder around 11:45 a.m.

When the man realized he had been stabbed, he turned around and saw the attacker running in the opposite direction, cops said.

The victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital in stable condition. He suffered a collapsed lung, police sources said.

"We're very concerned about that (case)," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference. "We're looking at that as a potential hate crime."

Police said no words were exchanged between the two men prior to the attack.

"Right now we're looking at it as a possible hate crime because he's dressed in that fashion," Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said, referring to the victim's Hasidic garb.

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