Knockout Assault on 18th Ave. Rattles Community

BROOKLYN -

The knockout assault on an Orthodox Jew from London early Tuesday morning in Boro Park has community members concerned that the sick game that rattled nerves last year may be making a comeback.

The victim, a 65-year-old male on his way home from a chasunah at the Palace, was walking on McDonald Ave. toward 18th Ave. at about 2:30 a.m. when he was approached by a man, who punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground. No words were exchanged and no money was stolen — a signature feature of knockout attacks.

It took about 15 minutes for the victim, dazed by the encounter, to get up and walk to the place where he was staying. He then called Hatzolah and Shomrim and was taken in to Maimonides Medical Center for observation. He is said to be doing fine.

Police are still searching for the attacker.