Cops suspect hate crime in attack on Hasidic man in Brooklyn

December 03, 2018 - 6:55 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A Hasidic man was punched in the head in Brooklyn for no apparent reason, and police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

The vicious attack unfolded in front of 68 Throop Ave. in Williamsburg last Friday evening.

The 33-year-old victim was talking with several people on a sidewalk, when a man came up from behind him, yelled “blah” and punched him in the back of the head, police said.

The force of the sucker punch was powerful enough to knock the man’s shtreimel off, video shows.

Jude Werzberger tried to chase down the attacker.

“We start running after him,” Werzberger told CBS2. “We caught him, but unfortunately no cop was there to get him.”

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The suspect ultimately got away, but police released surveillance images of him late Sunday.

The victim suffered minor injuries, according to police.

The NYPD says there’s been more hate crimes in the city this fall, particularly against Jewish people, compared to the same time last year.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).