Police: 2 boys assaulted in Bed-Stuy incident; hate crime probe underway

Police are looking for help identifying the suspect.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2024, 12:51 PM

Updated 27 days ago

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Two young boys were assaulted while playing in Bed-Stuy in an incident now being investigated as a hate crime.
News 12 was told the assault happened on a sidewalk Sunday in front of Franklin Avenue. Police said the suspect rode by on a bike and made comments before coming back. That's when the suspect pushed a 13-year-old boy to the ground, according to police. They say he also kicked and punched an 11-year-old in the back.
The children are expected to be OK.
"This assault on a group of Orthodox Jewish children is disgusting," said Borough President Antonio Reynoso. "Antisemitism has no home in Brooklyn, and I am grateful that the Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this attack. My office is monitoring the situation."
"This horrific attack on children is profoundly disturbing," said Council Member Lincoln Restler. "I'm relieved the boys appear to be physically OK, but this scary attack will leave lasting trauma."
Police are looking for help identifying the suspect.


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