MIDWOOD, Brooklyn — Police are searching for two men in connection to an attack on a 55-year-old man in Brooklyn on Monday.
The man, first name Eli, was walking home from the train on Avenue M a little after midnight when two men attacked him from behind, police said.
Eli was repeatedly punched, thrown to the ground and kicked in the head by two assailants in hoodies.
They stole his wallet and cellphone, but didn't stop there. The assailants kicked the Jewish man a few more times before fleeing the scene, running down Avenue M towards Ocean Parkway.
The sheer brutality of the attack has community leaders outraged.
"When you watch the video and you watch the brutality and horror of two animals," Assemblyman Dov Hikind said during a sidewalk news conference, "it is unbelievable."
The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition for scratches and contusions to his head, knees and hands. He left the hospital with 70 to 80 stitches on his head.
Surveillance cameras on surrounding homes captured this vicious robbery from several angles where the two assailants jumped into a waiting black car being driven by a third man.
At this point, police are calling this a robbery and not a bias attack.
"It's an attack on humanity when you do something like this," Hikind told PIX11. "We don't think this is a bias attack, but the commanding officer of the 66 precinct is handing it over to the bias unit because you never know."
"We will have 50 members who will patrol the streets day and night in our private cars," Robert Moskovitz, Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol executive coordinator, told PIX11.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.