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Boy, 9, socked in face in Brooklyn in possible anti-Semitic hate crime attack


The suspect is described as black, light skinned, about 5-foot-6 and between 14 and 18. (NYPD)

A 9-year-old Hasidic boy was punched in the face by a stranger in Brooklyn in what could be the latest anti-Jewish bias attack in the city, police said Thursday.

The boy was walking home when a teenager confronted him on Throop Ave. and Walton St. in Williamsburg about 6 p.m. Sunday. The teen punched the boy in the face several times before taking off.

The boy’s face swelled up but he did not require medical attention.

The teen did not say anything to the boy, who was dressed in traditional religious garb.

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the case, along with detectives from the 90th Precinct.

The suspect is described as black, light skinned, about 5-foot-6 and between 14 and 18. He was wearing a grey hoodie with a black patch on the sleeve, dark-colored jeans and white sneakers, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

On Nov. 7, the NYPD said hate crimes across the city had increased, to 309 from 297, with a sharper rise in anti-Semitic incidents — 159 compared to 130 for the same time last year.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill at the time called the rise in anti-Semitic attacks, on the heels of the hate-fueled shooting deaths of 11 Jewish worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, “particularly troubling.”