CROWN HEIGHTS — A 35-year-old man was arrested this week for punching a 66-year-old man in the eye at the neighborhood's most iconic synagogue, police said.
The altercation took place Tuesday at 770 Eastern Parkway, the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters, around 10:25 a.m.
The 66-year-old victim, who was working at the Crown Heights synagogue at the time, told police the two men got into a dispute inside the religious center when the older man told the 35-year-old to leave the building. The younger man then punched the 66-year-old in the left eye, causing pain and swelling.
He was arrested a short time later and is set to be charged with assault, menacing, harassment and disorderly conduct, police said.
Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and East Flatbush include:
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► A 35-year-old man was arrested for slashing a member of service — either an EMS worker or police officer — at Kings County Hospital. The man was being transported to the hospital around 3:20 p.m. on Feb. 10 when he took out a razor blade and slashed the worker on the right hand causing minor lacerations, police said. He was arrested a short time later.
► Two 13-year-old boys were robbed of their cellphones as they walked along Winthrop Street and New York Avenue on Feb. 10. The boys were walking on the street around 5:50 p.m. when two unknown suspects came up behind them and demanded they empty their pockets; one of the victims told police one of the suspects threatened them with a knife. The suspects took the boys’ cellphones and fled on foot.
► Two women were arrested for throwing a table out of the window of a family member’s apartment at 225 Parkside Ave., police said. The women, 17 years old and 20 years old, were having a dispute with a female relative, age 43, inside the apartment around 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 when the pair threw a $2,000 dining table out of the first floor window, destroying it. The two women were arrested a short time later. No one was injured during the altercation.
► Two men were robbed by a friend they let stay at their Bedford Avenue apartment on Feb. 14. The victims, ages 31 and 63, told police they let a friend sleep at their place at 1610 Bedford Ave. around 3:30 a.m., but when one of them woke up at 7:50 a.m., he discovered the man was gone with about $780 worth of property, including an iPhone, iPad and credit cards.
► Police found five shell casings opposite 340 Fenimore St. after a shooting in the early morning hours of Feb. 16. The NYPD was alerted to the gunfire by ShotSpotter technology around 2:15 a.m. Officers responded to the scene and recovered the casings. No one was injured in the shooting and no suspects have been identified, police said.