Crown Heights, NY – A walk down a well traveled Crown Heights street in the middle of the afternoon turned into an unthinkable event as a 62 year old Orthodox Jewish woman had the wig ripped off her head by an unknown assailant.
Police said that the woman, who is visually impaired, was walking from the train station at 2:30 PM on September 25th and was in front of 1014 Eastern Parkway, near the corner of Schenectady Avenue, when the attack occurred.
According to the NYPD, an unknown female walked up to the woman’s face and said “(Obscenity) Jew” as she pulled the wig from her head.
The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police have yet to recover the victim’s shoulder length blond wig.
The incident is being investigated as a possible bias crime by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
In addition to condemning the attack, the Anti-Defamation League has offered a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
“This manifestation of anti-Semitism, which we whole-heartedly condemn, is as upsetting as it is clear, unambiguous hate,” said Evan Bernstein, the New York regional director of the ADL. “For anyone’s religious practice or dress to be attacked is an affront to all New Yorkers and the values we hold dear.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline by phone at 800-577-TIPS, by text at 247637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577 or online at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.