3 Hasidic Men Pushed And Punched In String Of Brooklyn Attempted Robberies

August 13, 2019 - 9:04 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Three Hasidic men were pushed and punched in a string of attacks in Brooklyn that happened in a span of about 40 minutes Monday.

Police have released video of four teenagers believed to be responsible for the attacks.

Police say that all three victims, one who is 71, were punched in the face as the teens tried to rob them. The suspects rifled through the victims' pockets, but got away with nothing. Two were treated at Bellevue Hospital and released.

The attacks all occurred before sunrise Monday as the men were walking to synagogue.

A local resident said he’s not fearful but would like to see the police around more, “The politicians they good before the elections and they are doing helicopters with everything, but after that you don't see a single cop in our neighborhood.”

There has been a visible police presence since the attacks and posters on the street asking anyone with information on the assaults to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes because all of the victims are religious Jews.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is getting assistance on the investigation from state police on the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo who said in a statement that he's sickened by the assaults adding, "They are completely unacceptable and are repugnant to our values of diversity and inclusion."