NYPD investigating Borough Park assaults as anti-Semitic hate crimes: police

BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — The NYPD says their hate crimes unit is investigating a string of attacks in Brooklyn over the weekend as potential anti-Semitic crimes.

The first three apparent attack happened the night of Friday, Nov. 1, with an additional incident occurring Saturday night, all in the Borough Park neighborhood, the NYPD confirmed.

In the first incident, near 14th Avenue and 51st Street, a group hopped out of their vehicle and allegedly assaulted a man walking by, then ran back to their car and drove off, officials confirmed.

In a second similar incident, near the intersection of New Utrecht Avenue and 53rd Street, surveillance footage captured what looked to be like a group of men chasing another man before potentially assaulting him.

In a third incident that the same night, just blocks away on 48th Street, security camera footage shows a pair of men walking on the street when a car pulls up and apparently nearly pinned at least one of them against a row of parked vehicles.

The next night, just before midnight, police responded to a 911 call of a suspicious individual on the corner of 55th Street and 14th Avenue, authorities said.

Upon arrival, officers were told by a 16-year-old victim that he was approached by an unidentified person in a dark-color car, who attempted to force him into the vehicle, police said.

The teen fled but the person followed them, according to the NYPD. The boy was not harmed during the incident.

Police said all the incidents are being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force.

The alleged attacks come a mid a rise in anti-Semitic crimes across New York City. More than half the hate crimes reported in the city so far this year are anti-Semitic, NYPD officials said in September.

While most of the incidents reported are acts of vandalism, as a whole, anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City are up 63% this year as compared with last year, officials have said.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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