Police have arrested a 16-year-old for slapping an Orthodox man on a Brooklyn street, knocking the victim’s hat and yarmulke off his head in an unprovoked attack that was investigated as a hate crimes, officials said Wednesday.
The teen’s name is not being released by authorities because of his age, an NYPD spokesman said.
The youth surrendered to police at Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct station house Wednesday with his attorney by his side. He’s been charged with assault, aggravated harassment and harassment.
The attack was caught on surveillance camera footage acquired by the Daily News.
The 39-year-old victim was nearing the corner of Rodney St. and Marcy Ave. on May 4 when the teen, sporting a gray sweatshirt and a black backpack, ran up and walloped him in the face about 7 p.m.
The 24-second clip shows the victim scrambling to pick up his headgear and give chase.
Police said no words were exchanged between the two men. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force investigated the incident as a hate crime.
By the end of April, cops were fighting a 67% increase in hate crimes over the same time period last year. Cops were investigating 145 hate crimes, compared with 87 during the corresponding period in 2018.