Brooklyn, NY – Man Indicted In Beating Of Jewish Man In Crown Heights


    Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a 40-year-old man has been indicted on charges of strangulation and assault as hate crimes and other offenses for the alleged unprovoked attack against a Jewish man, whom he cursed and choked as the victim was walking home from a synagogue.

    “This alleged attack against a religious person is disturbing and completely unacceptable”, district Attorney Gonzalez said. ‘Brooklyn’s strength is in its diversity and I will never tolerate such hate-motivated crimes in our communities. The defendant, in this case, has now been indicted and I intend to hold him accountable.”

    The District Attorney identified the defendant as James Vincent, 40. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Guy Mangano on a 17-count indictment in which he is charged with first-degree strangulation as a hate crime, second-degree assault as a hate crime and other related offenses.

    He was ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 bail and to return to court on August 15, 2018. The defendant faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count.

    The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on April 21, 2018, at approximately 1 p.m., the victim, a 52-year-old Jewish man, was walking home from his Synagogue after Sabbath prayers.

    He walked passed the defendant in the vicinity of Rutland Road and East 46th Street in East Flatbush, when the defendant allegedly yelled, “You f—-ing Jew, you Jews took my house and mortgage.” The victim continued walking.

    The defendant then allegedly ran from behind the victim, placed his hands on his neck and applied pressure, the evidence shows. He then allegedly punched the victim in the head and body, put his arms around the victim’s head and applied pressure.

    Two bystanders intervened and the defendant continued to yell epithets regarding the victim’s religion as the victim picked up his yarmulke. The defendant then fled.

    The victim suffered various injuries to the head and body.

    Several surveillance videos from the area helped to identify the defendant and the investigation revealed that he purchased ice cream in a nearby store using a card bearing his name. He was arrested on April 27, 2018.

    Surveillance video of the attack:

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    1. I seriously doubt if this piece of garbage will do more than a few years in prison, before being paroled. I’d like to remind everyone that a few short years ago, near Maimonides Hospital, a 99 year old survivor of the Holocaust was seriously beaten (he had his nose broken), by an 83 year old Russian, over a parking spot. I don’t think that Russian spent one day in jail. Unfortunately, these kinds of unprovoked assaults are tolerated in Brooklyn.

      • Unfortunately the parking space story was not unprovoked they were arguing about a parking spot. That does not justify the assault but I believe the court sees it as less of a crime.

      • There have been so many cases that are let go with little jail time. In my opinion, Trump was right with demanding able bodied people work for benefits. The post mentioned buying ice cream with a card but did not use the term credit card!

    2. To #2- Are you insane, or what? You seemed to minimize the unprovoked assault on a 99 year old survivor of the Holocaust, by a violent Russian, over a parking spot. First of all, the 99 year old was not a driver. He lived near the parking spot, which was by the driveway of a Doctor, who would come and go, (since Maimonides Hospital was in the area), and hence, it was imperative that the spot not be blocked. The 99 year old Jewish man, knew that Doctor, and did not threaten the violent Russian; rather, he requested that the Russian not block that driveway. However, the Russian took his request as a personal affront, got out of the car, and proceeded to violently beat the poor old man, and broke his nose, as he did not like the old timer telling him where to park. Yet, you seemed to somehow imply that “he asked for it”. My point was that in other jurisdictions (outside of NYC), the local prosecutors would never tolerate such garbage, and definite jail time (at least 180 days), would have been imposed. Incidentally, even after he was charged, the Russian was still threatening the poor old man. Even though he was convicted of felonious assault, I doubt if he spent one night in jail.


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