An observant 25-year-old Jew was stabbed without warning yesterday as he walked down a street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. According to police, the victim, Yehuda Brikman, was in front of 646 Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights when he was “stabbed on the left side of his back by an unknown person. When the victim turned around, he saw a male running on the street away from him.” The victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital with what police said was a collapsed lung. The attacker was described as an African American man in his twenties or thirties who was seen on CCTV fleeing the scene.
The attack follows the stabbing on 3rd November of a Jewish emergency medical services volunteer under similar circumstances. The NYPD is investigating both incidents, and suspects they were motivated by religious bigotry.
There has been a spate of antisemitic incidents in New York recently.