Sunday, August 14, 2016

NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force investigates attack on Hasidic man in Brooklyn and threat to Muslim man in Queens 

Two men attacked a 54-year-old Hasidic man on a Brooklyn street, one hitting the victim in the face with a basketball, the other ripping the yarmulke off his head, police sources said Friday.

The 2 a.m. Wednesday incident, which is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force, happened behind a building on Division Ave. on the grounds of the Williams Plaza Houses in Williamsburg.

The victim was heading to his apartment when the two men approached him.

No words were exchanged, but one of the suspects flung a basketball, hitting the victim in his face, while the other took his yarmulke, then threw it to the ground as he and his accomplice fled.

The victim did not need medical treatment.

He declined to comment other than saying, “It’s not a big deal.”

Also Wednesday, at 10 p.m., a suspect mocked and threatened a Muslim man walking past a library on 99th St. in Lefrak City in Queens.

“You Talibans like to blow yourselves up,” said the suspect, who was on a bicycle. “I have a blade and I can use it and take care of you.”

The victim was not hurt and the suspect is being sought. The Hate Crimes Task Force is also investigating this case.


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