Brooklyn, NY – The victim of this morning’s brutal beating in an interview with VIN news, said that he feared for his life and that his attacker was screaming in Arabic as he pummeled him mercilessly in the middle of a Borough Park street.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2yhc0VM), 37 year old Farrukh Afzal was arrested this morning by the NYPD and charged with assault as a hate crime, criminal mischief and harassment in the attack on Lipa Schwartz.
Schwartz said that he heard a loud noise as a livery car made a short stop behind him on 13th Avenue. Seeing the driver of the car heading towards him with a murderous look on his face, Schwartz said that he assumed that the driver was upset about a missed fare and never dreamed that he was about to be victimized.
Contrary to media reports alleging that the two men had had words prior to the incident, Schwartz said that he had never had any prior interactions with Afzal who cursed at him continuously in Arabic during the beating that left the 62 year old Chasidic man with lacerations to his ear and tongue and shattered eyeglasses.
Schwartz recalled how he begged a passerby to help him and considers himself lucky to be alive, noting that if his attacker had had a knife “definitely he would have stabbed me. No question.”
Click below to watch the full VIN news interview.