Second Suspect Arrested in July Assault and Robbery of Crown Heights Community Activist

By Matis Glenn

Screenshot of surveillance video shows Yosef Hershkop being beaten while sitting in his car.

Police arrested a second suspect Monday night for allegedly assaulting and robbing a Crown Heights Jewish community activist 10 months after the incident took place.

Trevon Henry, 23, is seen on video on July 19 of last year with a group of three other men surrounding the vehicle of Yosef Hershkop before assaulting and stealing $100 from him on Montgomery street.

The incident took place after the group of men claimed that Hershkop, 31, bumped into their car while parking. Hershkop, who had his 5-year-old son in the backseat, left the area after attempting to negotiate with the group, eventually offering to file a police report for the supposed damage, but to no avail.

The group surrounded Hershkop when reached a red light. Henry was one of two members of the group who assaulted the victim through his vehicle’s windows, repeatedly punching him, before stealing cash from his wallet.

Hershkop, a community askan, suffered significant injuries from the assault.

Henry, who lives on Montgomery Street, has been arrested previously.

Two weeks after the assault, police arrested Derrel Cooper, the other man seen assaulting Hershkop on camera.

After posting bail, he was arrested again in September in connection with an armed robbery in Far Rockaway.

Hershkop was informed of the arrest Monday night.

“The NYPD has to do a much better job keeping in touch with victims,” Hershkop, who has waited 10 months since the incident to hear the news, told Hamodia. “Even if the answer is that no progress has been made, victims will feel better, that they are not forgotten.”

Sources tell Hamodia that police were aware of the identity of the two suspects since the incident occurred; Cooper was arrested after two weeks of public outcry on social media, but Henry was inexplicably spared until now.

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