NY – Upper West Side Assault On Jew Being Investigated As Bias Attack

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan – Police are investigating an assault on the manager of a Jewish bookstore in Manhattan as a hate crime.

Authorities say the 52-year-old victim, who works at the West Side Judaica on the Upper West Side, was attacked by a man who walked in and cursed the Jews Monday afternoon.

The victim said he noticed a man pacing outside, so he exited the store and approached him. The suspect reportedly declared “(Expletive) you Jews. I’ll kill you. I’m a Muslim.”

Police say he then punched the victim multiple times and fled the store on a scooter.

The manager was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack as a possible bias incident.

Police said that the attacker, who is approximately 5’10 and in his twenties, was last seen wearing a red hooded jacket and blue jeans.

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