A 34-year-old Orthodox Jewish man has been stabbed in the back whilst walking in New York’s Crown Heights neighbourhood. An unseen assailant approached from behind and plunged a knife into his back.
The victim is a volunteer with the Hatzalah organisation, a Jewish volunteer-run ambulance service whose members all carry radios so that they can be quickly dispatched to emergencies that happen nearby, which can give Hatzalah a faster response time than other ambulance services. In this instance, the victim used his radio to call Hatzalah dispatch for assistance. He was able to drag himself to an intersection leaving a trail of blood, collapsing as his Hatzalah colleagues arrived.
Police and members of Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol, arrived on the scene quickly but the attacker had already escaped and is still at large.
There has been a spate of attacks on Orthodox Jews in New York in recent months.
Photo: Crown Heights Info