BROOKLYN — A Hasidic teen was attacked by a group of young men in Crown Heights, and police are investigating the assault as a hate crime, the NYPD said.
The 19-year-old victim was walking on Kingston Avenue near Crown Street about 9:40 p.m. on Nov. 10 when eight young men approached him, police said. One of the men punched the victim in the face, and then the group fled, police said.
The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack, police said.
Police described the suspects as men in their late teens and early 20s.
Police are also investigating eight other anti-Semetic incidents that have taken place in the area since September, and are trying to determine whether there is a "clear pattern" in the attacks, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a press conference last week.
"Cases of civil assault and harassment are being investigated by our Hate Crimes Task Force," Kelly said Nov. 12.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES), then entering TIP577.
With reporting by Ben Fractenberg