A gang went on a violent beating spree Tuesday night in Crown Heights, leaving two Jewish men beaten and bloody.
The beatings occurred shortly after 1:00 a.m. on President St. between Albany and Troy Ave., when the gang of three began targeting Jewish men on the block.
Their first victim, a 51-year-old man, was pushed to the ground before being pummeled mercilessly with punches and kicks to his face and body, in a beating caught on video. While he was on the ground, the assailants tried removing his property. He suffered a swollen lip and cuts to the inside of his mouth.
Just 15 minutes later, the gang targeted a second man. This victim, 22, was younger, and put up a fight, screaming for help and struggling with the gang. The victims told police that the three assailants punched him in the face, causing bruising. He also fell and injured his knees. During the assault, his glasses, watch and headphones were damaged.
Witnesses and victims immediately called 911 and Crown Heights Shomrim, who were both there in moments.
As they canvassed the area, a group matching the description of the gang was located on Crown St. and Troy Ave. When the NYPD stopped the group, they attempted to flee. Two members of the gang were caught, while the third initially managed to get away, but was arrested later Wednesday.
Navar Walters, 18, and Teshon Bannister, 21, both of Brooklyn, were each charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime and one count of criminal mischief. Joshua Peters, 20, also of Brooklyn, was charged with robbery as hate crime, assault as a hate crime, and harassment.
Updated Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 3:51 pm .