9-year-old boy punched in Brooklyn in possible hate crime: police

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Police are investigating a possible hate crime after a 9-year-old boy was punched in the face in Brooklyn Sunday.

The boy was walking home along Throop Avenue and Walton Street in Williamsburg at about 6 p.m. when he was approached and punched several times in the face, said police.

The victim sustained pain and swelling, but refused medical attention at the scene, said police.

According to police, the boy was wearing Jewish garments.

The alleged attacker is described to be a male, 14 to 18 years old, with a medium build and as last seen wearing a gray hoodie with a black patch on the sleeve, dark-colored jeans and white sneakers.

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. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).