NYPD Searching for Assailants Caught on Camera Beating, Robbing Brooklyn Jew (VIDEO)
New York City police are searching for two suspects in the brutal assault and robbery of a Brooklyn Jewish man, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday.
The attack, which took place in the Midwood section of the borough late Monday, left the victim in need of some 70 stitches on his forehead.
Security-camera footage — released by JP Updates — shows a man in a hoodie knocking 55-year-old Eli Weinstein to the sidewalk, before punching him repeatedly in the face, then flipping him over and digging through his pockets, while another hooded assailant joins in.
The two muggers are seen committing their attack behind parked cars, as traffic on Brooklyn’s Avenue M continues uninterrupted.
According to the report, after the assault, Weinstein walked home, where his wife phoned the emergency medical service, Hatzalah, which dispatched an ambulance to transport him to Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park. There he was treated and released, the report said.
Local authorities are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the suspects’ arrest.
NYPD officials told JP Updates that though the victim is Jewish, they do not believe the attack was a hate crime. According to police figures and echoing citywide trends, robberies were down in 2015 compared to the previous year. The commanding officer at the 66th Precinct, meanwhile, said officers were meeting with leaders from the Boro Park Shomrim, a volunteer Jewish neighborhood watch group.
Watch the security-camera footage of the attack here: