Williamsburg Rebbi Assaulted; Attacker On the Loose

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A rebbi in a Williamsburg yeshivah was assaulted Friday morning on his way home from work. The perpetrator fled the scene and is still at large. The victim is in good condition and recovering.

The rebbi, who is in his mid-30s, was walking near Harrison Avenue and Gerry Street at around 11:30 a.m. when he was suddenly attacked.

Yanky Itzkowitz, coordinator of Williamsburg Shomrim, said that since he was hit from behind, the victim could not see his assailant’s face or whether he was holding a weapon.

Police and Hatzolah responded to the scene. The man was transported to Long Island College Hospital for treatment for injuries to the head. He was released before Shabbos.

The NYPD Hate Crimes unit is investigating the incident as a possible bias crime. The attacker was identified by Shomrim as being “dark-skinned,” but further details were unknown. Security films from the area are presently being reviewed by investigators.

“We hope that the perpetrator will be apprehended as soon as possible and would appreciate any leads that could help in his arrest,” Yanky Itzkowitz stated.