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Orthodox Jewish Man Slapped by Cyclist in Apparent Hate Crime: NYPD

Police are searching for a young man wanted for aggravated harassment. (NYPD)

June 3, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

Police are searching for a suspect wanted for an aggravated harassment hate crime against an orthodox Jewish man in Williamsburg last week.

On Wednesday May 29, around 2:25 p.m., a 27-year-old man, dressed in traditional religious clothing, was walking on the sidewalk near Flushing and Nostrand Avenues when an unidentified male cyclist approached him from behind. The suspect slapped the victim on his head, knocking off his hat, and then fled the scene.

The suspect is described as black, between 15 and 20 years old, according to police. He was last seen wearing red headphones and a gray and black jacket, and was riding a silver BMX bike.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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