Police: Suspect Faces Hate Crime Charges Following Attack On Jewish Man

December 05, 2018 - 4:54 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police say they’ve arrested the man caught on camera randomly sucker-punching a Jewish man.

The NYPD announced Wednesday they arrested Enrique Gerena, 32, on hate crime and assault charges following the Nov. 30 incident.

The 33-year-old victim was in front of 68 Throop Ave. around 6:30 p.m. when the attacker came up from behind, yelled “blah” and sucker punched him in the back of the head.

The force of the blow knocked the man’s shtreimel off, video released by police revelaed.

The victim was not badly injured and two men chased after the Gerena, who managed to evade capture.

It marked the latest attack on a Jewish person in recent weeks. Cops are also looking for a man who punched a 9-year-old boy in the face in Williamsburg last week, according to CBS2.

“You feel like you’re in a wilted country where people don’t like us,” Werzberger said.

Hate crimes, especially anti-Semitic attacks, have been up in the city this fall, according to the NYPD.

"The numbers are going up. It seems like almost daily now in the last week or so," said Evan Bernstein, with the Anti-Defamation League.

Bernstein says people in the Orthodox community in Brooklyn are afraid.

"People right now are scared of being on the street," he said.