A Jewish man was attacked on his way to a Brooklyn synagogue early Friday morning, a vicious act that later prompted the government to instruct state officials to assist with the investigation.
Police said the unidentified victim was on her way to the Flatbush synagogue around 5:45 a.m. when two men wearing hoods and masks beat and robbed her.
Blood splatters could be seen on the pavement after the attack.
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“The couple viciously attacked and robbed a local resident on their way to Shul this morning,” the Orthodox Jewish Civil Volunteer Patrol Shomrim tweeted with video of the attack. The group offered a $1,000 reward to anyone leading to the arrest.
shomarim later posted a video It claimed to have shown “the faces of the pair” thanks to the efforts of the volunteers.
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The group has asked anyone who has identified the suspects to contact NYPD Precinct 63 or to call Shomrim at (718) 338-9797.
Cuomo condemned the latest anti-Semitic violence and announced that he would have the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist with the NYPD’s investigation.
“This is outrageous,” tweeted the governor. “For our Jewish community – I know it’s exhausting. No one has to worry about being attacked for their religious beliefs.”
Anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes in general have increased this year, The New York Post reported.
Records show that there has been a 69% increase in anti-Semitic attacks, accounting for 113 attacks this year compared to 67 last year.