Police declined to release any information about the suspect because of his age, but said that he had no history of prior arrests. He was charged this morning at the 90th Precinct with assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and harassment.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2V7TOGV), the incident took place on May 7th at the corner of Marcy Avenue and Rodney Street.
The victim was approached from behind and punched once in the the head, while his attacker fled. He was treated at the scene by Hatzolah for pain in his face and head, ringing in his ear and a small bruise on his hand.
The victim declined a VIN News interview request, saying he preferred not to comment on the matter.
The NYPD is still conducting an ongoing investigation into another assault that took place three days earlier with four men attacking a 42 year old Chasidic man in the area of Broadway and Lynch Street. The two incidents prompted a May 10th meeting between high ranking NYPD officials, elected officials and community leaders.
Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, had been openly critical of the NYPD’s handling of anti-Semitic incidents in the area.
He called on the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force and District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to conduct thorough investigations and, if warranted, prosecute perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.
Rabbi Niederman also urged state legislators to further clarify hate crime statutes so that those who perpetuate hate can be held fully accountable for their actions.
“We must face the reality that here at home in New York City we have a serious problem of anti-Semitic attacks on identifiably Jewish members of our community,” said Rabbi Niederman. “People merely walking on the streets here feel like sitting ducks, worrying that they must look over their shoulder in fear of being hurt because of their faith.”