In 2019, more than half of all antisemitic assaults took place in New York City, according to the Anti Defamation League. Some of the worst of those attacks happened for 8 consecutive days last December.
Almost one-year since those consecutive attacks, the borough’s Jewish community is still under threat. Sunday night was no different.
A Jewish man, 19, was attacked in Crown Heights, Brooklyn when he was robbed at gunpoint on the street. The attack occurred at Union Street near Albany Avenue just before 7 pm, the New York Police Department confirmed to this reporter.
NYPD officers responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call.
“Upon arrival officers were informed by a 19-year-old male he was approached by unidentified individuals, one male displayed a firearm, demanded money and forcibly removed the victim’s cell-phone. The individuals fled the location to parts unknown. There are no injuries reported as a result of this incident,” the NYPD said.
The NYPD also described the suspects as two dark-skinned males wearing dark clothing.
Yaacov Behrman, the director of a drug prevention program in Crown Heights and a community leader, shared the following video of the attack Monday on Twitter, saying, “…this happened last night in lawless NY. 2 thugs mugged a Jewish male & pointed gun @ victim’s face demanding he use phone 2 transfer money 2 their cash apps. They took photo of his ID & stole phone & wallet.”
“This worrisome incident happened in the heart of Crown Heights, at a relatively early time,” the victim’s family said, according to COLLive, a news site run by the Orthodox Jewish community. “Just a few minutes after that, a young boy walked by and was collecting money for Chanukah Mivtzoim. A few minutes earlier and this could’ve happened to him.”
The suspects are still at large and the NYPD is urging members of the public with information on the attack to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public is also being urged to send tips to the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @ NYPDTips.