Cops decline to file hate crime charges following attacks against Jewish men in Williamsburg

Cuffed: Cops arrested three men for allegedly punching and attempting to rob three victims in South Williamsburg on Monday, police said.
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Police arrested three men and one teenager suspected of beating and attempting to rob three Jewish men in south Williamsburg on Monday — without charging them for a hate crime.

One of the suspects sucker-punched a 71-year-old man on Ross Street between Bedford and Wythe avenues at 5 a.m. according to police, who claimed they then rummaged through his pockets, but didn’t steal any property.

The suspects, ages 17, 18, 19, and 20, repeated the assault on a 67-year-old man on Clymer Street near Wythe Avenue a half hour later, before attacking a 56-year-old man on Wythe Place at Wilson Street 10 minutes after that, police claim.

Like before, the suspects searched the victim’s pockets, only to flee empty handed, cops said.

Paramedics transported the 71-year-old and 56-year-old victims to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, while the 67-year-old man refused medical attention, according to police.

A local lawmaker quickly condemned the attacks, which he perceived as anti-Semitic hate crimes.

“Terribly shocking and sad to see multiple elderly Orthodox Jewish residents of Williamsburg attacked early this morning,” Councilman Stephen Levin tweeted on Monday. “We need to collectively stand up against hate and violence in our community.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio also condemned the attacks as hate crimes, claiming the victims were targeted due to their ethnicity.

“We will never stand idly by while our fellow New Yorkers are targeted because of their race, religion, sexual orientation or any other quality that makes them who they are,” de Blasio said at the time. “The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes will work to root out hate and make our streets safer.”

However, the Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force determined that the crimes were not motivated by prejudice.

Cops cuffed two of the alleged perpetrators on Aug. 14, and the remaining two on Aug. 15, charging all four with various counts of robbery and assault, authorities said.

The suspects have not been arraigned, and a spokesman for the district attorney’s office could not comment regarding any pending charges.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Updated 5:25 pm, August 15, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

John from Bed Sty says:
That is FREAKING ridiculous!
Aug. 15, 2019, 3:15 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
They didn't scream any anti-Semitic epithets,so it's not considered a hate-crime. But,assault,and at least attempted robbery is still,a crime. It remains to be seen,how they will be deservingly punished? It is likely,not their first,criminal acts.
Aug. 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Joe from Park Slope says:
Blacks for Trump.
Aug. 15, 2019, 9:46 pm
Just Jason from Midwood says:
Shocking? NO!!! Whats not shocking either is the fact that these career criminals to be will be out with no bail on the streets to commit more of these crimes by the liberal judges. Until a judges daughter gets assaulted, they wont do any time.
Aug. 16, 2019, 4:08 am
OJ says:
BL ack Liv es Mat ter - yo!
Aug. 16, 2019, 6 am
Frank from Bushwick says:
Nothing to see here, misdemeanor no bail walk free to do it again.
Aug. 16, 2019, 8:59 am
Tyler from pps says:
Crime is still a crime, even when not motivated by bias (i.e., a "hate crime"). Targeting older people because they can't physically defend themselves as readily is sorta how robberies like this work... right?
Aug. 16, 2019, 1:49 pm
Fiddle Faddle from Flatbush says:
Not all crimes are motivated by hate or anti-semitism. Sometimes ,the cause is just plain greed. and sometimes the reaction to these incidents is based on pure politics.
Aug. 16, 2019, 2:43 pm
t from bath beach says:
Having worked there, the NYPD never files hate charges when the crime is black on white even when the situation would apply itself. This is even the case when you have powerful Hasidic groups that have Deblasio in their back pocket.
Aug. 16, 2019, 2:44 pm
Peter Pyle from Midwood says:
DeBlasio is not the only politician in the pockets of special interest groups. Andrew Cuomo is always the first to cry anti-Semitism, even before any investigation of hate crimes are completed or even started.
Aug. 16, 2019, 3:48 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Johnny, too bad your mother didn’t do the same. We don’t need trash like you on the planet.
Aug. 19, 2019, 8:15 am

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