Police investigating assault on Hasidic boys in Williamsburg

A man appeared to punch and kick two boys who were playing on the sidewalk.

NYPD vehicle. Credit: iStockPhoto/ Alena Kravchenko

May 17, 2024 3:00 PM


The New York City Police Department’s hate crimes unit is investigating an attack on Hasidic boys in Williamsburg that took place at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday night, after security camera footage of the attack was posted on X, formerly Twitter, according to the New York Jewish Week.

In the video, a small group of Hasidic boys appear to be playing on the sidewalk when a man slowly dismounts from a Citi Bike, approaches the boys, and runs up to one of them and punches him, knocking him down. The man then appears to push another boy to the ground, stomp on him, and kick him repeatedly before returning to his Citibike and riding away. The video was posted by Williamsburg365, an account that posts news about that neighborhood’s Hasidic community.

Police told CBS News that the two boys, ages 11 and 13, were taken to a local hospital with head injuries but are expected to be OK.

"It's just absolutely awful. I cannot believe that somebody would attack children," City Councilmember Lincoln Restler, who represents the area, told CBS. "I am hopeful and confident they will identify this person and hold him accountable."  

“We are very alarmed by this assault,” wrote the Anti-Defamation League, which combats antisemitism, on X.

According to the New York Jewish Week, 285 antisemitic incidents have been reported to the NYPD since October.