'Knock-out' attacks will not be tolerated in New York City, say councilmen

Brooklyn Currents | 11/22/2013 | 0 comments

In the latest example of  the downside of an age in which everyone has a pocket video device, perpetrators who can only be described as low-life punks have been playing a "knock-out" dangerous game -- coming up to someone just walking on the street, punching  and trying to knock out the unsuspecting victim, and then, in many cases, videoing the act and placing it on the Internet.

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 See Update, and legislators' press release,

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At about 2:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, , a man walking on 18th Avenue in Borough Park was approached by four men who then punched him in the head to try to knock him out. It was the fourth such crime in the Borough Park, Midwood, and Crown Heights areas since the beginning of the month, attacks which included a 12-year-old boy and  a 78-year-old woman who was simply walking home from shopping.

In all four  cases, there was no robbery, and all the victims were Jewish.

"I am sickened to hear of yet another cowardly attack on an innocent person who was just trying to get home after work," said newly re-elected Councilman David Greenield."I applaud the efforts of the NYPD and Shomrim (the private security detail mainly in some Jewish communities)  to increase their presence in Crown Heights and Midwood, and the NYPD's great work in making an immediate arrest in last night's anti-Semitic attack. It is now time for the NYPD and District Attorney to throw the book at these thugs and make it clear that our city will not tolerate this type of behavior, especially when people are being targeted because of their race or religion."

Assemblyman Dov Hikind agreed: "We have to send a clear message that if you this, you're going ot go to jail for a long time," he said.
 Greenfield has partnered with Public Advocate-elect Letitia James and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in any of the incidents that have occurred so far in Brooklyn.
Greenfield advises all local residents to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity to the police, and when possible to avoid walking home alone at night.
"We must make it clear that this twisted nationwide trend will not be tolerated on the streets of New York City, and those responsible will be held fully accountable for the serious assaults they are committing for no reason. I will continue to work closely with the NYPD and the District Attorney's office until it is clear that we have put an end to these outrageous attacks," he added.

The suspects in the early morning Friday attack were arrested shortly after they allegedly tried to flee
The victim told investigators he heard one of the attackers say, "I'll do it to this guy," right before he was surrounded and punched, sources told CBS 2.

"I commend the excellent police work that we saw this morning," Hikind said. "I am grateful that these four thugs are off the streets and am hopeful that they will be treated with the severity of the law. I urge continuing diligence in dealing with this issue."

Hate crime detectives are interviewing the four suspects — three Hispanic men and one Indian male — and the victim at the 66th Precinct, sources told CBS 2.


UPDATE






Police were searching for a man wanted for questioning in connection with the attempted  "knock-out"  of a 76-year-old woman in Brooklyn.

Police released the above surveillance image of the suspect, though it's hard to make out any of his features.

The incident happened t about 11:30 a.m.  Friday, Nov. 29  on Wortman Avenue.
Investigators say the suspect approached the victim from behind and hit her in the head, knocking her to the ground.

Nothing was taken from her.

The woman was treated at Brookdale Hospital and released.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
                                                     
                                                                                   -- NY1

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This press relese was jointly issued the week of Dec. 9  by Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch:

Following yet another ‘knockout’ assault targeting an innocent pedestrian this past Saturday, Councilman David G. Greenfield, Senator Simcha Felder and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch are calling on the NYPD to drastically increase its presence throughout the community, especially during Shabbos, which is when two of the most recent attacks targeting Jews have occurred. This request includes additional officers, temporary lighting at trouble locations and other measures to help prevent these attacks and catch the person responsible should another assault occur. In addition, the elected officials are reminding the public to be especially vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times and to immediately report any suspicious activity to the NYPD.

The request for additional NYPD patrols and other measures comes after a young Jewish woman was punched in the head and knocked to the ground by an unknown young black male while waking near McDonald Avenue and Avenue M in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon. In response, Councilman Greenfield and Councilman-elect Deutsch met with officers from the 66th Precinct in Boro Park on Sunday to discuss the NYPD’s ongoing response and investigation into the series of unprovoked attacks, which now total approximately a dozen in Brooklyn over the past two months.

“More aggressive measures on the part of the NYPD are needed to stop this wave of brutal attacks targeting innocent victims. It is especially disturbing that people of all ages have been assaulted recently, including several elderly women. In addition, two of the recent attacks have occurred in our community on Shabbos, adding to the concern that the community is being targeted by these cowardly individuals. As a result of my meeting with NYPD officials, I am confident this pattern is being taken seriously and that we will have the resources necessary to finally put an end to this baseless violence,” said Councilman Greenfield.

“The recent ‘knockout’ attacks in our community are unacceptable and must be acted upon immediately. Inflicting violence on unsuspecting people is a cowardly act and a crime that must be punished to the fullest extent of the law. As a strong and united community, we need to show those responsible that these heinous crimes will not be tolerated. We cannot allow anyone to create unnecessary fear. We should walk the streets with our heads held high and not worry that anyone is being targeted. I have spoken with the NYPD and been assured that they are taking all necessary steps to bring these perpetrators to justice,” said Councilman-elect Deutsch.

“It is deplorable that people are still being terrorized by these knockout attacks. Every person has a right to feel safe walking in their neighborhoods, without worrying whether or not they will be bashed in the head for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The best thing people can to do to protect themselves from these heinous attacks is to be cognizant at all times of their surroundings. This means not being distracted by electronic devices and to also trust their instincts. Most importantly, if you are a victim of an attack or any crime, report it to the authorities immediately. Don’t allow yourself to be victimized twice by remaining silent,” said Senator Felder (D-Brooklyn).

As a result of the attacks, Deutsch, who founded Flatbush Shomrim 20 years ago in response to street crime, Greenfield and Felder are reminding the public of safety tips to help avoid becoming a victim of this senseless pattern of street violence, which has occurred in neighborhoods around Brooklyn, including Boro Park and Midwood. Residents are reminded to always be alert while walking around and to be cautious of suspicious individuals or large groups. Whenever possible, do not walk alone and try to use well-lit and populated areas with a lot of foot traffic. Always know your location in case you need to call for help, and do not hesitate to contact 911 if necessary.

“One of the great things about living in our communities is the safety that we all enjoy and take for granted. By coming together and working with the NYPD, we will reclaim our streets and ensure that residents can once again walk around the neighborhood without constantly looking over their shoulders,” said Councilman Greenfield.

“We stand together as one community of peace and harmony. Violence and hate crimes of any time are not acceptable. We must continue to join together to fight such vicious crimes so that we can continue to live without fear,” added Councilman-elect Deutsch.






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NY1: Police Seek Man For Questioning In Connection With Brooklyn Assault
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Police are searching for a man wanted for questioning in connection with the assault of a 76-year-old woman in Brooklyn.
Police released the above surveillance image of the suspect, though it's hard to make out any of his features.
The incident happened Friday morning at around 11:30 a.m. on Wortman Avenue.
Investigators say the suspect approached the victim from behind and hit her in the head, knocking her to the ground.
Nothing was taken from her.
The woman was treated at Brookdale Hospital and released.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
- See more at: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/news/199569/police-seek-man-for-questioning-in-connection-with-brooklyn-assault#sthash.DnDYdroH.dpuf

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