A Florida man has been charged with a hate crime for an assault on an Orthodox Jewish man in Manhattan.
The incident occurred at 11 a.m. Monday, on East 41st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The assailant yelled anti-Semitic statements and punched the victim, a 65-year-old man, in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, whereupon the assailant proceeded to kick the victim. The man suffered bleeding lacerations to his face and hand.
The suspected attacker, Steven Jorge, 28, a resident of Miami, was arrested and charged with assault in the second degree, as a hate crime.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he “was disgusted” to learn of the attack.
“This horrific and cowardly act of anti-Semitism is repugnant to our values,” said the governor. “I’ve said it before and I will say it again: We have absolutely zero tolerance for bigotry and hate, and we will continue to call it out whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.”
Updated Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm .