Orthodox Jew Stabbed in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
An off-duty volunteer for Brooklyn-based Jewish ambulance service Hatzalah was stabbed in the back on Tuesday night while walking in Crown Heights, local blogs reported.
The victim, identified as 34-year-old Dovid Katz, was treated on the scene by his colleagues and then rushed to the nearby Kings County Hospital and is in stable condition, sources said.
According to the report, he did not see the attacker as he approached from behind and then quickly fled the scene following the assault. One witness cited by a local blog described the assailant as an “African-American male wearing a hoodie,” but noted that “this has not been confirmed.” The attacker is still at large.
Local website Crownheights.info warned local residents to, “Please beware of your surroundings and be extra cautious when going outside until the assailant is apprehended.”
A leader of the largely Chabad Chasidic local Jewish community also called on residents to be on guard.
Noting the current wave of terror stabbing attacks sweeping Israel, another local website, Collive.com, said that the New York Police Department “could not be reached for comment about whether the attack was terror related.”
The blog later quoted NYPD Assistant Chief Steven Powers, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, who said that the “possibly of a bias crime” is being explored.
“Considering the climate that is going on right now around the world we have to be more vigilant than ever,” Tamir said further. “When people search for Judaism online they find us. We’re a target, there is no question about that.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams visited the scene of the stabbing to reassure local residents. “We want to make sure the community is safe,” he said.
Watch a video of Adams’ comments below: