The reward for information in the murder of Brooklyn real estate developer Menachem Stark has been raised to $72,000, with his family contributing $50,000.
“There are 7 orphans in Brooklyn, and a loving grieving wife,” Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director of United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg. ” And we hope and pray there will be justice.”
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton announced that the NYPD is offering $20,000 towards the reward and the NYPD Crime Stoppers program putting up an additional $2,000.
Police are pleading with anyone who knows anything about the crime or may have seen the light-colored van that kidnappers used to abduct Stark should contact them.
“We have increased the reward in the hopes that anyone and everyone who knows anything comes forward,” Niederman said.
Stark, a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidic community, was snatched outside his real estate office in Williamsburg on Thursday, Jan. 2 around 11:30 p.m. His body was found in a dumpster in Great Neck, Long Island, the next day.
Police sources say he died of “compression asphyxiation,” possibly from being choked or sat on during a struggle.