Jewish Man Attacked in Crown Heights in Unprovoked Assault


A 32-year-old Jewish man walking in Crown Heights Friday afternoon was punched without provocation and targeted with anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The incident went down on President Street between Utica Avenue and Schenectady Avenue around 3:00pm when the victim passed a man walking on the sidewalk.

Despite not having made any contact with the man, he became affronted and turned on his victim.

Rabbi Yehoshua Lefkowitz, victim of an apparent hate crime in Crown Heights on Friday, May 6, 2022.

According to the NYPD, the man asked the victim “what are you looking at?” before punching him in the head and face. The attacker was also quoted as having said “the Nazis should have killed you Jews” before fleeing the scene.

Crown Heights Shomrim and the Police were called. No arrests have yet been made, but it is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

“Our Volunteers responded to an unprovoked assault at approximately 3 pm,” Crown Heights SHomrim wrote in a Tweet. “Multiple Vol’s responded quickly and canvassed the area for the perpetrator yielding negative results. @NYPD71Pct is investigating this as a possible bias crime as well @NYPDHateCrimes.”

Hatzalah treated the victim and transported him to the hospital for an evaluation.

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