The NYPD is looking for two teenagers in connection with this week’s attack in Borough Park on an Orthodox Jewish man.
According to the police, the incident happened on August 16 at around 7:20 p.m. when two young individuals, said to be in their late teens to early 20s, were traveling along 18th Avenue on an electric scooter.
The rider of the scooter got down in front of Landau’s Supermarket on 18th Avenue and 45th Street, approached a 49-year-old Chasidic man who was wearing traditional clothing and was using his cellphone, made an unidentified statement, and then threw the Chasidic guy’s yarmulke to the ground.
After getting back on the scooter, the assailant drove away from the area, turning north on 18th Avenue and traveling toward 46th Street.
The event is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force as an aggravated harassment or hate crime, and they need the public’s assistance to find the two young adults.
Both are described as having slim builds and medium complexions. The ponytailed driver of the scooter had on a dark grey t-shirt, black shorts, light blue sneakers, and a purple baseball cap, while the passenger had on a grey Hollister brand t-shirt, dark-colored sneakers, and a grey and white backpack with a shark teeth pattern.
One day later, a second incident resembling this one is said to have occurred in Williamsburg. According to a tweet from Willamsburg News, two unidentified bike riders attacked two Jews in front of the W Fresh supermarket on Wallabout Street, and another Jewish person was attacked near Walton Street and Wallabout Street.
The police were not aware of the second incident and were unable to determine whether they were connected. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline by phone at 800-577-TIPS, by text at 247637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577, or online at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.