14-year-old boy punched in face, called racial slur
By Matthew Taub
Special to Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn Brief
The United Jewish Organizations (UJO) of Williamsburg is announcing a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for Thursday’s suspected bias attack on a young 14 year-old boy in South Williamsburg.
Surveillance footage distributed by the NYPD shows a grainy image of the suspect on a bicycle, who was described as a white man in his thirties.
The attack occurred Thursday evening on Lee Avenue between Heyward and Lynch Streets at around 8:00PM. Witnesses told police that the suspect punched the young boy in the face and yelled and expletive in reference to “Jews” before he fled the scene. The boy was terribly traumatized and afraid to go out in the street afterwards. The bias attack follows a two-month pattern of an increase in crimes in the area, specifically involving assaults and thefts.
“It’s high time to put an end to the tide of robberies and attacks on young children in the Flushing corridor,” said Rabbi David Niederman, head of the UJO of Williamsburg. “No child should live in fear, and no community can tolerate these attacks. These incidents are the results of a few, and we hope that they will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“We are grateful that the NYPD has made strides in this case culminating in the release of a photo of a suspect, which will hopefully to the apprehension of the suspect,” Rabbi Niederman added. “I also want to thank the community for working with the police in locating and handing over this video footage.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward by calling crime stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.