On Thursday, the NYPD announced that it had arrested and charged a man with hate crimes for slapping a Chasidic man in Williamsburg on Monday.
African-American Carrington Maddox, 31, has been charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, as well as menacing after he randomly attacked the 27-year-old Chasidic man in front of 144 Lynch Street in Williamsburg on Monday afternoon.
As it stands, Monday’s incident was the third antisemitic attack in Brooklyn in just two days. The attack came just a day after two other Jewish men became victims of antisemitism. The pair of assaults happened within minutes of each other just after 6 a.m. Sunday, and the Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is probing them, as well.
Luckily, Maddox was identified based on a tip that the NYPD received from its Crime Stoppers hotline.
Surveillance video of the first incident shows an attacker blasting a 72-year-old man dressed in traditional Hasidic garb with the white spray of a fire extinguisher on Taylor Street and Lee Avenue, and in the second incident, an attacker unleashed an extinguisher on a 66-year-old Jewish man and then punched him at the nearby intersection of Roebling and Third streets before fleeing.