The NYPD is seeking the man who attacked a frum Jew on Monday afternoon in Manhattan, reported JP Updates.
Shloimy Schwartz, a 67-year old man from Brooklyn, was exiting the subway station at 6th Avenue and West 17th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, when an African-American male punched him in the head, knocking off his hat and yarmulke, and attempted to egg him on to fight. Mr. Schwartz walked away and called police.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Mr. Schwartz’s son told JP Updates: “My father walked out from the train station and was assaulted by a man from behind. There were a lot of people passing the street at the time of the assault and no one stopped him.”
The suspect is a 5’9” African-American male with dreadlocks. Anyone with information regarding this incident can report it to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS or www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
“This type of hate violence is truly appalling,” said New York City Council Member Corey Johnson, whose district includes Chelsea. “No New Yorker should ever be targeted because of his or her religious affiliation. This is not what New York stands for and we will not stand for it. I thank the NYPD for vigorously investigating this incident.”