Suspect Arrested in Assault Thwarted by Hero Truck Driver in Williamsburg

By Matis Glenn

A suspect in the unprovoked attack on a young Chassidic man in Williamsburg on May 26 has been arrested Sunday, after being spotted by the very same truck driver who heroically swooped in to save the victim from further injury.

At the scene of the Thursday morning attack on Spencer Street and Park Avenue, the driver is seen on video hurrying out of his truck and rushing at the assailant, knocking him down and causing him to flee.

Sunday at around 1:45pm, the driver recognized the attacker on Bedford Avenue and Penn street, whereupon he called Shomrim, who followed the suspect for several blocks until he entered Schaefer Park. When he exited onto Kent and South 10th Street, he was arrested by NYPD Hate Crimes detectives.

The driver was presented with a plaque and a $500 reward by the the Guardian Self Defense group. “He is truly an example of the type of values we work to instill in our students and community: If you see something, DO something,” Guardian Self Defense wrote in a social media post.

Below is video of the assault, and the truck driver knocking down the assailant

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