Hasidic man hit in the head with a bottle in possible Williamsburg bias attack

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — The Hasidic community is one that typically shies away from on-camera interviews but Friday night there was concern along Driggs Avenue and beyond after a Hasidic man was hit in the head with a glass bottle in an apparent bias crime.

The attack happened about 1 a.m. Monday. A surveillance camera captured a picture of the culprit. No words were exchanged.

The police are investigating it as a possible hate crime.

“Is this going to be a lone wolf attack or will there be more attacks on Jews by more and more suspects?” Isaac Abraham, a community leader in Williamsburg, asked PIX 11 News.

Abraham is concerned because he says there have been several previous incidents targeting Orthodox Jews with paintballs starting in March.

The most recent target was a 62-year-old Hasidic man walking on Lee Avenue, also early Monday.

In the glass bottle attack, a cap believed to belong to the attacker was left behind and sent to an NYPD lab for DNA test, according to JPupdates.com.

The culprit is described as a 35-year-old man, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 180 pounds, wearing a white shirt and dark-colored pants.

A $2,500 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information in the case is urged to call 800-577-TIPS.

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