Brooklyn Police Arrest Two Suspects on Hate Crimes Charges After Brutal Beating of Crown Heights Jewish Man
Police in Brooklyn have arrested two men and are searching for a third in connection with a brutal assault on an Orthodox Jewish man early on Wednesday morning.
18-year-old Navar Walters, 20-year-old Teshon Bannister and an as yet unidentified third man are accused of punching and kicking the 51-year-old victim in the Crown Heights neighborhood.
Walters and Bannister were charged later on Wednesday by police with assault as a hate crime. The victim was taken to NYU Langone Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
Wednesday’s attack was the latest in a series of alarming assaults on members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Crown Heights over the last three months.
“Some 10 people were violently attacked in the last 60 days alone,” noted Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, who heads the Crown Heights-based “Jewish Future Alliance,” in a statement on Wednesday.
Behrman said his group condemned “in the strongest possible terms these type of cowardly attacks on innocent civilians, and we call on the NYPD to drastically increase police presence throughout the community.”
Behrman continued: “We ask what is going wrong in Crown Heights, when innocent Jews are being beaten in the streets in 2019? Is there an atmosphere that is encouraging violence or antisemitism? And, an equally important question, where is the public outrage? Indeed, why isn’t this front page headlines?”
The Anti-Defamation League announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for Wednesday’s assault.
“We are sickened by this horrific violence, and increasingly alarmed by rising tensions in the community in the wake of similar incidents,” said Evan R. Bernstein, regional director of ADL New York / New Jersey. “These crimes are unacceptable, and they must stop. We must work together to stem the tide of antisemitic violence in Brooklyn.”