NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Investigates Attack on Hasidic Man In Brooklyn

Two men attacked a 54-year-old Hasidic man on a Brooklyn street, one hitting the victim in the face with a basketball, the other ripping the yarmulke off his head, police sources said Friday.

The 2 a.m. Wednesday incident, which is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force, happened behind a building on Division Ave. on the grounds of the Williams Plaza Houses in Williamsburg.

The victim was heading to his apartment when the two men approached him.

No words were exchanged, but one of the suspects flung a basketball, hitting the victim in his face, while the other took his yarmulke, then threw it to the ground as he and his accomplice fled.

The victim did not need medical treatment.

He declined to comment other than saying, “It’s not a big deal.”

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