The footage was obtained from Yeshiva Imrei Yosef Spinka located on the corner of 15th Avenue and 58th Street. It shows the unidentified woman standing in front of the yeshiva on the afternoon of Thursday, September 29th for approximately two and a half minutes, alternately tapping on her cell phone and taking pictures of the school building.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind described the footage as “scary.”
“She looks around to make sure no one is watching and she starts taking pictures,” Hikind told VIN News. “Maybe it is nothing but we can’t take any chances of, G-d forbid, something terrible happening.”
Hikind said that immediately after receiving the video he contacted Captain Kenneth Quick, commanding officer of the NYPD’s 66th Precinct. According to Hikind, Quick was stunned when he saw the footage, which was turned over to the NYPD’s Intelligence Division and Counter- Terrorism Bureau.
The fact that not a single person who passed by the woman contacted the authorities was extremely troubling to Hikind, who said that Quick shared identical concerns.
A video released by Hikind today urged area residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities. Hikind noted that all tips can be called in anonymously.
“The reality is we live during a period of time where there are people out there who want to hurt our community who want to cause great injury,” warned Hikind. “It is critical that when you see something suspicious that you report it to the police. Better to be safe than sorry.”
A spokesperson for the NYPD said that they had no information regarding the video and that photographing a school is not an illegal activity. Calls for comment to the yeshiva by VIN News were not returned.