Edited by: TJVNews.com
The NYPD has released a photo and sketch of an alleged assailant who punched and bloodied a Jewish man on a Queens subway last month, as was reported by Hamodia on Sunday.
The man who was attacked has only identified himself to the media as a 37-year old accountant named Chaim. He declined to give his last name.
Speaking to Hamodia about the attack that was committed against him on the subway, Chaim said that on July 26th of this year, at approximately 7:30 pm, he was traveling on the E train in Queens between Roosevelt Avenue and the Queens Plaza stops. It was then that a group of four men began playing music and dancing while soliciting donations from passengers.
Chaim told Hamodia, “One of the dancers stepped on my foot — it could have been by accident, it wasn’t such a big deal. But maybe he thought I would do something against him. He then went for my phone – maybe he thought I was recording him, though I wasn’t.”
One of the men dancing demanded that Chaim hand over his phone and began grabbing at it in an attempted robbery, the Hamodia report indicated.
Chaim recalled, ““He said, ‘Give me your phone, Jew,’ and then, when he realized that he was struggling a bit, he punched me in the mouth. I started bleeding everywhere.”
When Chaim got off the E train at the Queens Plaza stop, he remembered that the man who assaulted him said, “If I had a gun, I would shoot you,” according to the Hamodia report.
Suffering a laceration to his lip, Chaim told Hamodia that he sought treatment at Cornell Medical Center’s emergency room. It was there that he received two stitches in his mouth.
On Saturday, the NYPD released an image of the suspect taken from surveillance video. As it is a grainy image, the NYPD also produced a sketch of the suspect, according to the Hamodia report.
Dov Hikind, a former Brooklyn state Assemblyman and former leader in the Jewish Defense League who founded the group Americans Against Antisemitism, had the opportunity to meet with Chaim subsequent to the attack, spoke with Hamodia on Sunday. Mr. Hikind said: “It is important that we apprehend those who are committing acts of hate — and to make sure there are consequences for acts of hate. The Police Department does a great job arresting people. The problem is little is happening to perpetrators at the end of the day. That has to change.”