Jewish Men Attacked During Attempted Robberies In Brooklyn
There were three separate but similar attacks. The first was in the Williamsburg neighborhood around 5 a.m.; three men pushed a 71-year-old man to the ground to dig through his pockets. The victim was punched in the face, according to the New York Police Department.
The other two incidents happened a few blocks away about 30 minutes later to a 56- and 67-year-old man. Three men demanded money, looked in the victims’ pockets and punched them in the face. Ultimately nothing was stolen in the attacks.
Williamsburg has a large Orthodox Jewish population, and the neighborhood and others with large Jewish populations have seen large increases in attacks on people wearing visibly Jewish garb.