Suspect Wanted in Manhattan Hate Crime Assault on Elderly Jewish Man

By Matis Glenn

Police are searching for a man who allegedly punched an elderly Jewish man and said an antisemitic slur at a Manhattan pharmacy last Tuesday, after the victim accidentally bumped into the perpetrator.

Police say that at around 9:25 a.m., the 66-year-old victim was walking inside of a Duane Reade located at 17 John Street when he bumped into an unknown individual who was exiting the location. The suspect punched the victim in the head, and made a vulgar anti-Semitic slur before fleeing the location. The victim sustained a minor head injury but did not require medical attention.

The suspect is approximately 40-years-old, and 5’7″ tall.

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident.

According to the NYPD, the total number of antisemitic crime complaints in New York City rose 214% in October and 32% in November, compared with the same months of 2022.

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